Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates. The winners are chosen by Dr. Darrell Parks, former director of the ODE Office of CTE and past Executive Director of Ohio ACTE.
Congratulations to the 2021 scholarship winners, Mackenzie Martin and Micah Latta!
Mackenzie Martin attended the Knox County Career Center for Early Childhood Education. She will be attending The Ohio State University at Mansfield for Early Childhood Development. While a student at Knox County Career Center, Mackenzie was involved in many volunteer projects, including Operation Christmas Child, volunteering with the elderly at nursing homes and hospitals, providing food and clothing for homeless families, and was a member of SunShine Committee. She also completed a summer internship at Storyside Church for 3 years. In addition, Mackenzie held a part-time job while attending the Career Center. As a career center student, she got to experience working with young children firsthand in several placements, including an elementary classroom, an infant and toddler room, and working at a preschool for low-income families. She plans on obtaining her bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and says her main goal as a future teacher is to create a fun and safe learning environment where she can help students succeed!
Micah Latta attended the Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) for Welding and Sheet Metal Fabrication and will be attending the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in the fall. Micah has always preferred hands-on activities, and he explored a few programs before deciding on Welding and Sheet Metal Fabrication. His welding program built a light display for Fantasy of Lights, a holiday drive-through light show in Delaware that raises money for A Kid Again. One of his favorite projects from his time at DACC was building a go-kart, all from scratch! He was featured in the Delaware Gazette for his work (pictured right - photo courtesy of Delaware Gazette). He also placed first in SkillsUSA two years in a row with his handcrafted bird sculptures made of stainless-steel cutlery. His future goal is to become a full-time Welder, and he is on the path to doing just that with the opportunity to further his welding knowledge at Hobart!
Congratulations and best wishes in your future careers, Mackenzie and Micah!