Wednesday, February 22, 2017


· HA BLOOD DRIVE: Tuesday, February 28, 2017


  • See Guidance for specific shop dates.

· SWPBS INCENTIVE PICNIC: Friday, May 12, 2017

· CO-OP FINAL CLASS: Wednesday, May 17, 2017



· PROM: Friday, April 28, 2017

  • Algebra Module 1:  Monday, May 15th, 2017
  • Algebra Module 2:  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
  • Literature Module 1:  Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
  • Literature Module 2:  Thursday, May 18th, 2017
  • Biology Module 1:  Friday, May 19th, 2017
  • Biology Module 2:  Monday, May 20th, 2017


· SWPBS 4th INCENTIVE TRIP: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

· SENIOR RECOGNITION: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

· SENIOR TRIP: Cedar Point-Friday, May 26, 2017

· 1st GRADUATION PRACTICE: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ LCCTC

  • Distribution of Caps and Gowns
  • Senior Breakfast

· 2nd GRADUATION PRACTICE: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 9:00 AM NC

· COMMENCEMENT: Thursday, June 1, 2017

· SHOP CAP N GOWN PICS: Thursday, June 1, 2017

· SENIOR CLASS CAP N GOWN PICTURE: Thursday, June 1, 2017











Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"From Your Valentine": A history of Valentine's Day ~ Kyleigh Johnston

When Valentine's Day comes to mind what do you think of? Love? Candy? Romance? To most people, yes. But, the history behind Valentine’s day isn't as romantic as it seems.

In the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius persecuted the church because the priests conducted marriages. He believed that men who were not married fought better than the men who were married; instead of fighting, a married soldier would worry more about the safety of his family than about winning in battle. In those days, polygamy was encouraged by the government, but there were still some dedicated to the Christian Faith and wished to be married..

Valentine, a Roman priest, was a huge believer in the Christian faith. So, he secretly married people because the loved the idea of one man and one woman having a sacred bond and being dedicated to each other for the rest of their lives. At first, Valentine was able to marry lovers in secret, but after a short period of time Valentine was caught defying the emperor's laws..

In 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a 3 part execution; he was stoned, beaten, and finally beheaded because of his beliefs.  The man who imprisoned Valentine was Asterius, who had a daughter who was blind from birth; Valentine and the daughter became friends.  After Valentine prayed over her, taught her of his faith, and gave her medicine in the hopes of healing her eyes.   Before his death, Valentine’s last words were on a note written to Asterius’ daughter which read, “From your Valentine.” Legend says that after Valentine’s death, Asterius returned home to find that something miraculous had occurred; his daughter was healed and could see!  This miracle secured his sainthood. And today, we refer to this priest as St. Valentine.  On February 14th, we celebrate his life and his dedication to love.

After his death, he was known as the patron saint of lovers for the marriages he conducted and his strict adherence to his beliefs -- even to the point of death.  

My Experience (Companion article)

I think it’s pretty safe to say everyone has experienced some form of bullying at some point in his or her life. When it happens, it can feel like you’re alone when you’re going through it.  Whether it was a child or even an adult who bullies, you’ve probably been bullied before.  It’s kind of sad how often bullying occurs, despite the fact that we all get that “don’t bully” speech in elementary, and the biggest problem is this:  When it occurs, how do we deal with it?  I hope my story lets you know that if you’re being bullied right now, you are not alone, and it’s okay to reach out to someone.  The most important thing to remember:  This, too, shall pass.

It was probably fourth or fifth grade when the kid moved to town and started attending the Kid’s Club at my church. He would lock me in closets, trip me in the games we would play, whisper degrading comments in my ear -- basically just made me feel incompetent and worthless.   It also made me angry.  

What used to be the best part of my week quickly became lonely and painful. I could have just stopped going, but I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of taking away something I loved. Instead, I fought back. I took what he gave me and dealt it back twice as hard. That went on for a few years, him pushing me and me pushing back, all the way up ‘til sixth grade. When we came back from break, and he was gone. It turns out -- he had moved to a different state during the summer.

While it felt good to return that anger in sort of an eye-for-an-eye manner, I learned something:  It didn’t stop him.  Nothing stopped him.  Sometimes “mean” is “mean,” and there’s not too much I could do to change that -- not at my age.  What I learned that I CAN change is how I handle it.  

I have experienced bullying since then.  This is how I now handle it:  I’ve started retreating and pulling into myself. I don’t speak out or draw attention to myself. I figure, “If they don’t notice me, they can’t target me,” if that makes sense. And it works pretty well. People don’t tend to notice me, and if they do, my quiet demeanor tends to always put me on people’s good side. It’s not that I’m weak; I just choose to not engage -- because people who are mean should not be permitted to dictate my sense of self-worth. Since I’ve started choosing to not engage the bullies, bullying hasn’t really been an issue for me. Remember, this, too, shall pass.

SkillsUSA Districts - Damian Quimby

What is SkillsUSA? Many people have never heard of it and wonder what it's about. SkillsUSA is a club where many students from vocational schools all over the nation can compete. 

The values represented in SkillsUSA include patriotism, the industrial society, knowledge and skill, technology, and the respect for the dignity of work.

The official website,, says, "SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and is programmed to equip students to excel."  This is true for our students here at LCCTC.

The first step in competition is districts: For District 10, LCCTC students compete against thirteen other vocational schools, and if our students place first in their competition, they move onto States. Within our school alone, there were 63 students who went to districts, the highest number of students out of all the other schools. 

Below are some quotes from some of our competitors:

  • Jacob Troutman - Opening and Closing:  "I enjoy competing because it helps me present myself in front of other people."
  • Felicity Weir - Opening and Closing:  "I joined skills because it gave me an opportunity to be a part of a team. It was also similar to the academic games I competed in at my home school. It has helped me build my confidence and social skills."
  • Jaden Locke - Job Skilled Demo Open:  "I joined skills because I think it can help me further my education relating to my shop."
  • Krista Berkley - Opening and Closing:  "I joined skills because I wanted to be a part of a team. Opening and Closing and Skills USA has helped me to open up and be more confident in my everyday life."
  • Tabatha Zang - Health Knowledge Bowl:  "Skills is a great experience.  I am learning a lot about how to become a better student and a better worker.  Just from going through the competition, I have learned that preparation is key.  Confidence is also important; I am becoming more important."
  • Tristyn Gravatt - Opening and Closing:  "I joined Skills for the opportunity to compete in something new."
  • Dayuna Reitnauer - Opening and Closing:  "I didn't really know about Skills until Mrs. McVicker asked me to join. It is such an honor to be in Skills, especially with my friends that I met this year!"
  • Brandee D'Ambrosi - Opening and Closing:  "I joined Skills because when I came to Votech, I didn't really have a place to fit in. I knew that I wanted to join a team, so I joined Skills USA. Skills has helped me in a number of different ways, but most importantly, it has shown me that having friends and being a part of something is not a bad experience."
  • Christian "Pretty Boy" Seinkner - Service Specialization:  "Skills helped my realize that I am capable of winning, but only if I study hard enough."
District competition had 3 different locations: New Castle School of Trades, Butler County Career and Technical Center, and Lawrence County Career and Technical Center. 

This year, at the New Castle School of Trades, our Opening and Closing Team helped start off the event as they merged with a team from another school to present the meanings of the symbols for SkillsUSA. Then when the team is done, everyone went on to their competitions.

Of all of the LCCTC competitors, 33 earned medals.   Eleven gold medalists will continue on to states.  Congratulations!  They are as follows:  

  • Krista, Berkley,  Opening and Closing Team, Cos
  • Brandee D'Ambrosi, Opening and Closing Team, HA
  • Taylor Dilling, Job Interview, Weld
  • Dawson Fair, CNC Machine, MTT
  • Dom Fobes, Masonry, Mas
  • Trystan Gravatt, Opening and Closing Team, CA
  • Samara Grimes, Basic Health Care Skills, HA
  • Jenna Locke,  Opening and Closing Team, CA
  • Jacob Troutman,  Opening and Closing Team, COT
  • Dayuna Ware, Opening and Closing Team, HA
  • Felicity Merlini,  Opening and Closing Team, HA
On April 19-21, LCCTC will take a total of 23 students to state competition; those not continuing as gold medalists will compete in straight to state events like the following: Chapter Display Team (Trevor Cunningham -- MTT, Stormy Fiello and Noah Skelley -- EO), and Promotional Bulletin Board Team (Gemma Gatto -- HA, Jaden Locke -- COT, and Tabatha Zang -- VT), Mechatronics (Kyle Rocksbury & Mike Birkbickler -- EO), Welding Sculpture (Devin Dilling -- Weld), and Chapter Cake Display (Ben Schwartz -- RT).  To assist with the voting process for state officers, delegates (Brianna Burgin -- CA and Machaela Nail -- HA) will also attend, as well.   

Crafty Corner ~ Spray Paint Valentine Day Art: Brandee D'Ambriosi

What You Will Need
A spray bottle, or clean and empty perfume bottle
Acrylic paint ( 50 cents at Wal-Mart)
White paper without lines
Step 1- Use your scissors to cut out a shape. For mine, I folded a piece of paper in half and cut a symmetrical heart.16709291_1387909997946728_1773491047_o.jpg
Step 2- Put rolled pieces of tape on the shape you cut out.Untitled design.jpg
Step 3-  Lay the shape down on another piece of white paper.16710377_1387992311271830_1013419187_o.jpg

Step 4- Get your spray bottle and acrylic paint, and mix ⅔ or paint and ⅓ of water. I used red because most people think of red hearts when they think of Valentine’s Day.

Step 5- Spray the piece of paper. Be careful not to spray too close to the paper, or it will leak through. If you get paint on anything other than the paper, wipe it up with water before it dries.


Step 6 (Optional)- After letting the paint dry and removing the shape you taped down, you can write something inside of the empty, white space in the middle. My favorite quote about love is “Love Is In the Air”, so I wrote that.

To finish, fill in with your favorite sweet-nothings!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pedal Car ~ Kalley McClure

From the start of December into the end of January, the LCCTC Collision Repair students worked hard on transforming a standard pedal car into a ‘33 Ford Roadster for the Pedal Car Competition at this year's World of Wheels.

With a bi-weekly shop schedule, the task presented to the students was challenging; many doubted they’d get it done, but the students rose to the challenge set before them by their teacher, Mr. Evan Banner, and they exceeded all expectations. By staying after school and coming in on days off, the students managed  to pull together and get it finished just in time.

Junior CR student, Beau Maulbauer, recalls, “While it was a lot of hard work and pretty time consuming, the fact we didn’t win doesn’t bother me. I’m still super-proud of the outcome, and can’t wait to return next year and bring home gold.”

Jaiden Laster, a senior, made and fitted the back piece for the Ford Roadster as well as most of the welding. With the assistance of junior, Brendon Theisler, Seniors Kalley McClure and Rayna Gasser did the bodywork that helped give the pedal car its shape. Beau Maulbauer made the grille, did most of the metal fabrication, and assembled the pieces.

Everyone involved worked hard to make the pedal car as beautiful as it is.

"Their end-product just impressed me," beams Evan Banner, CR instructor. "This class has really come a long way in the industry, and a project like this is the perfect way to showcase their talents. It is a great way to teach them usable skills for the future."

We would like to take a moment to thank Evan Banner, the teacher, for his patience, guidance, and confidence in his students.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Students at Work: Co-Op Assignments

Congratulations to the following students who have successfully landed a job and are now doing what they came here to do:  Work in their field of study!

Keep making us proud!

Please take a moment to support these businesses who support our students!  Thank you all!