Career Center students of the month for October

The Washington County Career Center honors its October Students of the Month, Machelle Blankenship and Austin Duskey.

Machelle Blankenship is a Warren senior enrolled in the Medical College Prep program, and she is the daughter of Ben and Crystal Ours of Vincent.

At the Career Center, Blankenship is a member the SkillsUSA youth organization and the National Technical Honor Society. She was on the Principal’s List her entire junior year and on track for her senior year as well. Additionally, she has been on the Career Center’s W.I.S.H. list in meeting all three criteria for 3.0 GPA or higher, 95% attendance or higher, and no office referrals. Through her technical program, Blankenship earned certifications in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and she will be taking the Stated-Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) test, in May, before graduating. This school year, she is scheduled in the following dual-enrollment classes which she can earn both high school and college credit: Medical Terminology II, EKG, Advanced Chemistry, College Algebra, and Statistics. Last school year, she earned high school and college credit for Medical Terminology I. English instructor, Beth Spaziani, comments on special traits and roles that Blankenship carries such as a positive attitude, hard worker, and a pleasant demeanor. Spaziani states, “Machelle is a superb student. After school, she goes home and helps with the care of her older brother who is physically handicapped as well as helping to care for her younger twin brother and sister.”

Blankenship is currently employed at McDonald’s, in Belpre, as a crew member. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Washington State Community College to obtain an associate degree to become a Registered Nurse.

Austin Duskey is a Fort Frye senior enrolled in the Electricity program, and he is the son of John and Teresa Duskey of Hackney.

Duskey is a member of the Career Center’s SkillsUSA youth organization. Additionally, he is the class Vice President of his technical program. He has been on the Honor Roll and the Career Center’s W.I.S.H. list in meeting all three criteria for 3.0 GPA or higher, 95% attendance or higher, and no office referrals. At Fort Frye, he is active on the varsity football team as a receiver and linebacker. Duskey likes to hunt and fish in his spare time. Social Studies instructor, Jeff Ritzman, comments on special traits and roles that Duskey carries such as conscientious, hard worker, and kind. Ritzman further comments, “Austin has the qualities of being very successful both in the classroom and out in the workforce.”

Following graduation, Duskey aspires to become an apprentice for the local IBEW Union.