The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Click here for more information.
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The following students were chosen by the Ohio Department of Education, Office of CTE staff as 2022 nominees to the US Presidential Scholars Program/CTE Component:
Isabella Baird, Mahoning County Career & Technical Center - Public Safety Program
Instructor: Anthony Davis
Isabella Baird is a West Branch senior graduating from MCCTC’s prestigious Public Safety
Program in her efforts to serve others. She has earned a 3.9 GPA, a class ranking of 14 of 230 and near
completion of an associate's degree. After losing a sibling at eight years old, Isabella never takes any
opportunity or relationship for granted. Her perseverance shines in the classroom as well as the
community as she works two jobs, one at MCCTC and another at a local car dealership. Both of these
positions have furthered her communication and public awareness skills.
Isabella also holds multiple leadership roles including NTHS President, CEC President, NHS Member, Public Safety Class President,
Peer Leader, and Class Leader of Miracle Network Dance Marathon. She also volunteers locally and
abroad. For years, Isabella and her family have traveled to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to provide
assistance to underserved populations and they do the same locally through Nina’s Closet and Ohio Can.
Passion to serve others led Isabella into EMT training and she will be the first of twelve siblings to attend
college. Isabella’s dynamic personality, perseverance and drive to make the world a better place will
undoubtedly lead her to greatness!
Fiona Kanzig, Polaris Career Center - Construction Technologies
Instructor: Jeff Busser
Fiona Kanzig is a senior in Polaris Career Center’s Construction Trades program. Academically, Fiona has maintained above a 4.0 GPA while challenging herself with AP, Honors and College Credit Plus classes. At the time of high school graduation, she will have earned 30 college credits. Fiona is involved in National Technical Honor Society, leader for the LINK Crew that helps connect 9th and 10th graders as they transition into high school, Polaris Student ambassador and has received Honor awards each semester. She is a leader among her peers and is the first construction management intern for Polaris. Fiona is currently an intern at Hammond Construction and will continue her education at Kent State University in the fall and plans to study construction management.
Alexander Kennedy, Ashtabula County Career and Technical Center- Architecture and Engineering Design Program
Instructor: Bryan Dobos
Alex Kennedy is a senior enrolled in the Architecture and
Engineering Design program at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center (A-Tech). Alex is a very active
student with his involvement in the community, athletics, and other organizations. He has
participated in many
community service events, such as Conneaut Summer Recess, assisting the local Rotary Club, preparing the local baseball fields, doing videography work at his church, and helping set up the park for the annual D-Day re-enactment.
Alex has enjoyed playing sports since a young age. His favorite is baseball– playing from tee-ball all the way through high school.
He has played for the American Legion on the Cowle Post 151 Bruisers since he was 12, which gave him an advantage when it came time to play in high school. He has earned varsity letters in all seasons of his high school baseball career, achieving All-County First and Second Team as well as earning an All-State Honorable Mention. Alex also has run cross country since 7th grade, and has earned a varsity letter all four years of high school.
Along with being involved in his community and athletics, Alex enjoys taking part in the many organizations at A-Tech.
He currently serves as a SkillsUSA Ohio State Officer, he is President of the National Honor Society at A-Tech, is a member of A-Tech’s Youth Philanthropy Board, and is an A-Tech student ambassador. He is active in participating in all of the opportunities presented to him, all while having a job and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. His motivation and effort towards success has led him to be ranked top in his class. After high school, Alex plans to attend college to pursue his dream in obtaining an engineering degree.
Quinci Voisard, Upper Valley Career Center - Medical Career Academy
Instructors: Tami Yahle, Nicole Pleiman, and Jennelle Winn
Quinci Voisard is a senior from Fort Loramie, in the Medical Careers Academy program at the Upper Valley Career Center, and a College Credit Plus student at Edison State Community College. Quinci is dedicated to bettering the lives of her classmates and her community. Quinci has helped lead many initiatives through her involvement with SkillsUSA as a local, Southwest Regional, and Ohio State officer, Student Senate treasurer, and one of the founders of Fort Loramie’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). These include volunteering with the Salvation Army, hosting Bible studies, collections for Operation Christmas Child, a coat drive for low-income families, writing devotionals for her FCA group, and campaigns for healthcare workers during the pandemic and to the recent Kentucky 2021 tornado survivors. Quinci not only strives for excellence in her personal life but also in her academics. She is a member of the Fort Loramie and UVCC National Honor Societies. With her future patients in the center of her mind, Quinci worked to earn her First Aid, CPR, OSHAA, Mental Health Awareness, and Elder Care certificate, STNA and is currently working towards her Medical Assistant license. All while maintaining her 4.00 GPA and earning a total of 26 college credits. Quinci plans to attend Cedarville University and major in nursing. She plans to become a missionary nurse and establish a nonprofit to help those less fortunate in the communities she serves.
Cianna Woltz-Yarnelli, C-Tec Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County - Architectural and Engineering Design
Instructor: Matt Howe
When describing Cianna, her teachers and peers use phrases like “qualities of leadership,” “persistent and meticulous,” “positive attitude and ambitious,” and “desire to grow.” If one knows Cianna, these phrases are appropriate in many ways. In grades 6-8 she participated in FIRST Lego League Robotics and says that exposure nurtured her interest in engineering, but Cianna’s activities are not limited to that. She is a natural leader, as demonstrated by the fact that she has been her program’s class president for two years, while also serving as C-TEC’s Skills USA Chapter President, Student Council President, and as an officer in National Technical Honor Society. In her program, Cianna has numerous achievements to her credit. Last year, Cianna’s team won first place in the local STEMfest! competition sponsored by The Works. Their focus was reinventing the Mars Rover wheel, and they won a $1,000 scholarship in the process. In the last two years, she has earned numerous certifications, including Six-Sigma Green Belt, AutoDesk AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit User certifications, CPR & First Aid, and an OSHA 10-hour card. Cianna’s post-secondary plans are to work towards a career in aerospace engineering, specifically focusing on spacecraft and/or propulsion system design. As Cianna herself says, “I love the design and creation aspect, the solving of challenges. I hope to use my abilities to make the world a better place. One innovation at a time.”