Delcastle has many interesting career areas; each one is full of its own type of academically advanced students. However, even though each student is extremely hard working, there’s always one student who has improved in skills, personality, and/or maturity, the most. Each career area teacher in the Public Service Cluster was interviewed regarding his or her most improved student. In our Public Service Cluster, we feature many shops such as Business Technology, Digital Media, Graphic Arts, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Production & Imaging Technology. After asking each teacher individually, I was able to get insight on why exactly they picked their most improved student.
Business Technology provides learning experiences in business-related and computer knowledge skills that prepare students for entry into today’s administrative, clerical, and banking fields. When I asked the Business Tech teacher about her most improved student, she took time to think and named her student as James Campbell, a 10th grader. Apparently when he first arrived in our Business Tech program, he was shy and reserved. She recalled him as one of her most quiet students. However, over time he became assertive, a hard worker and confident in the career area. According to her, he even talks more and is more confident during his shop presentations. Congratulations James Campbell for being the most improved student in Business Technology here at Delcastle.
Next up is our Digital Media program here at Delcastle, which is broken up into two separate classes. Digital Media 1 deals with creating successful websites and evaluating the basic principles of good web page design and management. Mr. Phillips, one of our Digital Media Instructors, finally was able to name Chris Edge, a senior here at Delcastle, as his most improved student. Mr. Phillips says he remembers Chris as the kid who always used to sleep in his class but certainly ended up surprising him later on. He apparently became one of the most passionate, creative, and responsible students in the class. Congrats Chris!
Now we move on to the second part of the Digital Media program. Digital Media 2 provides training in TV studios and teaches skills and techniques used by professionals in the field. Ms. Abell, the Digital Media 2 teacher, was asked the same question as the other shop teachers and immediately named Nancy Santillan, a 12th grader. When Nancy first arrived in Digital Media 2, she was apparently quiet and shy but was always a hard worker. As she started to mature, she became a leader and good example for younger students within the school and is even the executive producer of the Delcastle news program, Cougarcast. Way to go Nancy!
After Digital Media comes Graphic Arts that is run by Delcastle’s very own Mr. Rykaczewski. He helps prepares students for careers in the printing industry. After thinking it over, he named senior Dante Perkins as the most improved student in Graphic Arts. Mr. Rykaczewski says that when Dante first got into the shop he wasn’t confident about his career area. Now he can see that Dante is a good student and has been working through the co-op program at screen-printing shops since he was a junior. Mr. Rykaczewski says Dante is always willing to help.
Next we move on to Cosmetology or what we call “Cosmo” here at Delcastle. The Cosmo program is the art and science of beautifying hair, skin, and nails and is run by Ms. Tiberi. Her most improved student was senior Monet Johnson who Ms. Tiberi says has been through a lot. According to Mrs. Tiberi, Monet really didn’t know how to deal nicely with other students. However, now in her senior year she has matured and ignored immaturity, she is the perfect role model for sophomores coming into Cosmo. You certainly have come a long way Monet!
Culinary is the second to last career area I interviewed but it certainly comes in first for their food. Dealing with educating kids in the fine art of cooking and baking, our chefs send these students out into the world ready to cook almost anything. It was hard getting one of the head chefs to sit down for an interview since culinary runs a fully functioning café open to the public, but I finally was able to get an answer. They picked junior Janyra Culbreath as their most improved student in culinary and seemed very confident in their decision. According to Chef Mullen, Janyra was very shy and mainly kept to herself; she really wasn’t open to being challenged. Presently, however, she is eager to learn and likes to be challenged. She’s become very open and focused in Culinary Arts; she even has a lot of questions. Keep up the good work, Janyra!
Last but certainly not least is Production & Imaging, which is taught by Delcastle teacher Ms. Wells. Most of the school depends on it for things like school merchandise, banners and even things as simple as school papers. It is vital in running Delcastle as a whole. Now after hyping that shop up the most improved student must be an outstanding worker to shine above the many people doing all the amazing tasks. Ms. Wells picked a junior named Glenn Clayville and said that he was very quiet when she first met him. Now he’s even more of a hard worker than he was before and shows great potential in the world of Production & Imaging. Good luck Glenn!
Delcastle is full of many constantly improving students. Congratulations to all of the Public Service Clusters students who were nominated by their career area teachers. Keep up the good work, Cougars!
Author: Ajah Quawiy, Class of 2019