PROFESSIONAL STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Student using saw to cut a piece of lumber.
December: Samuel Olar Sam is the son of Renee and Keith Olar. He is a senior at Tawas Area Schools. He is a second year student in the Building Trades program. The greatest compliment his teacher can afford Sam is in the fact that not only would he strongly recommend him to any employer in need of an excellent employee, but would hire him himself. Sam's character is impeccable. He is honest, dedicated, reliable, and clearly leads by example. In the classroom, he fully completes his assignments and submits his work in a timely manner. On the job-site, it is obvious that he is a clear leader, his peers turn to him for direction and he is the first to volunteer for any task. Sam is also the first student to volunteer for IRESA school leadership activities and functions when we are in need of assistance. Sam's future aspiration is to attend ACC lineman program starting this fall and to become a member of the IBEW Lineman Apprenticeship program. Sam will surely be a welcome addition to the brotherhood and a bittersweet loss for the building trades program. Sam has, in a very short time, earned respect through his work ethics, attitude, and rarely found today, character.
Health Science student standing in front of skeleton and posters.
November: Sierra Rhode Sierra is the daughter of Nicole Weber and Jeff Rhode. She is a senior at Tawas Area Schools. Sierra is a first year student in the Health Science program. Her work ethic is beyond her age. Sierra not only completes in-class material, she participates in dual enrollment, and also attends work site with Iosco EMS and participates in ride-along activities. Additionally, she works at Iosco Medical Care Facility as a nursing assistant. Needless to say Sierra is hard-working and an absolute pleasure to have in class. She is always willing to lend her peers a hand and volunteers where needed.
Student sitting at desk with computer.
October: Aaron Ellis Aaron is the son of Todd and Farrhen Ellis. He is a junior at Oscoda Area High School. He is a first year student in the Business Management program. He came into the business class one week into the school year and was eager to be a part of our team. Aaron is always very professional, kind, and a pleasure to have in class. He is not only a fantastic student, but he is very artistic. Whenever Aaron has completed all of his work, he begins to draw. His artistic skills are so amazing and his passion for art is admirable. Aaron is learning that creativity has a big impact in business. Marketing is one of the large six functions of business, so this allows him to show his creativity, while still being involved in the business world! His teacher is very confident that Aaron is going to do big things and she is so honored to be able to help guide him into his future.
September: John Schley John is the grandson of Cheryl Schley. He is a senior at Tawas Area Schools. He is a second year student in the Building Trades program. In joining building trades, John’s goal was to achieve a potential career path as a construction general laborer. As such, daily tasks would be to assist carpenters in gathering and moving materials and tools, hand excavation of soils using a shovel, ensuring a clean worksite, and other manual labor activities. To date, John has far exceeded these expectations. Currently he has passed tool safety and performance tests for the Skill Saw, Compound Miter Saw, Rotary Drills, Battery and air powered nail guns. Within his crew, John is what we call the “Cut” man on his team. Members yell down measurements to him, he transfers the measurements using a tape measure to the material, and uses a skill saw or miter saw to make accurate cuts within a 1/16 of an inch for his crew. This is an exceptional task. Earlier this week he elevated to a height of twelve feet, and properly used an air nailer to attach lumber to the home projects vaulted ceilings. Measuring, cutting, and nailing are a “Carpenter’s” skills set and far exceeds that of a general laborer. John always steps up when asked and does more than his fair share when it is time to clean up for the day. Through his efforts, participation and hard work, John not only can be a general laborer, but a good Carpenter in the future!