Career Center names Students of the Month

The Washington County Career Center honors its November Students of the Month, Kirsten Kroft and Andrew Smith.

Kirsten Kroft is a Marietta senior enrolled in the Cosmetology program. She is the daughter of Ben and Nancy Kroft of Marietta.

At the Career Center, Kroft is a member of the SkillsUSA youth organization, Students Solving Problems club, Student Leader program, and holds the office of vice president for her technical program. As a Student Ambassador, she is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Career Center and Marietta High School.

In addition, she is gaining leadership skills by promoting the Career Center during its recruitment process as well as giving tours and guidance at scheduled events and with incoming visitors.

Kroft has received awards for the Honor Roll and Merit Roll. At Marietta High School, she is active in track and field, is a manager for the basketball team and a Student Section Leader for sporting events.

She also participated in HPAC and Student Council. She attended the Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo as a representative for the Career Center in September.

This past summer, Kroft interned at Mr. Golden Scissors, in Marietta, to gain more technical program hours to sit for her State of Ohio Licensure for Cosmetology in January.

This will give her the opportunity to work in the Early Placement program, which allows qualified seniors to earn a wage and high school credit at the same time.

In the Cosmetology program, Kirsten is receiving a technical focus and learning skills for Fundamentals of Hair Cutting & Styling, Hand & Foot Fundamentals & Enhancements, Microbiology & Infection Control, and Skin Care Fundamentals & Enhancements.

School Counselor, Cindy Schwendeman, commented, “Kirsten is always helpful and considerate of fellow students and staff. She will do anything you ask of her without question. If you want someone to brighten your day, just talk to Kirsten!”

Kirsten is employed at Baker & Baker Jewelers, in Marietta, as a sales associate.

Upon graduation, she plans to attend either Muskingum College or Marietta College to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business. She has been accepted at both colleges to participate in track for shot put and discus.

Andrew Smith is a Marietta senior enrolled in the Digital Marketing program. He is the son of Chris and Tisha Smith of Marietta.

At the Career Center, Smith is a member of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) youth organization, National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), Student Leader program, and holds the office of parliamentarian for BPA and vice president for his technical program.

He has received awards for the Principal List and Honor Roll. At Marietta High School, he was active in crew.

In his technical program, Smith has earned or may earn industry-recognized credentials for Adobe Creative Cloud: DreamWeaver, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Premier Pro; Google AdWords; Google Analytics; Microsoft Office Specialist: OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word; and Rise Up – Business of Retail: Operations and Profit, Customer Service and Sales, Retail Industry Fundamentals.

Andrew is receiving a technical focus and learning skills for Business Administration Marketing, Business Foundations, Digital Marketing & Management, and Marketing Principles.

Digital Marketing instructor, Lynette Snyder, commented, “Andrew is an exceptional student and a talented artist. He volunteers to take on extra responsibilities often. As a junior, he worked hard to study and earned 16 points in industry recognized credentials even though we had not had two of the courses in class yet.”

Andrew hosts his own YouTube show called Epic Studios where he films skits. He also is currently working on a video game, which will be up and running soon.

Upon graduation, he plans to attend Florida Southern College, in Lakeland, Florida, to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Interactive & Game Design.


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