Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
June 2019
News from the
Traverse Bay Area ISD
Career-Tech Center
Welcome to the electronic newsletter from TBAISD Career-Tech Center! Please share this newsletter with others to create awareness about the great things happening in career and technical education in the Traverse Bay region. We're excited about the great work of our students and staff and invite you to learn more about our programs!
Message From Principal Pat Lamb
As the 2018-19 school year comes to a close and I look back and reflect on the year, I am truly amazed at all the outstanding successes, accomplishments, and recognitions our students have received. This issue of the CTC Times highlights the many success stories our students accomplished this school year. On May 28th at the Grand Traverse Resort, we honored our Career-Tech Center students who received scholarships, awards at state club competitions, perfect attendance, National Technical Honor Society inductees, and Program Outstanding Students. This was a special night that allowed us to reflect on the year and celebrate our students. Please take the time to read this issue to see all the CTC accomplishments for this school year!
VanderZee Presents at Real-World Literacy Summit
English instructor Larissa VanderZee was invited to participate as a guest speaker in an online literacy summit hosted by the editors of Education Week, the premier source for educational research, policy initiatives, and instructional resources across the nation in the education profession. Her session, How to Make Reading Relevant, was moderated by the associate editor for the magazine, Stephen Sawchuk. and dealt with how to support students in learning to synthesize information from different disciplines. Thinking critically and analyzing informational texts were also topics she explored in relation to meeting the needs of employers and preparing students to use their literacy skills in real-world, professional environments. Sawchuk tapped VanderZee's expertise because of her work as an adjunct professor for NMC, high school Advanced Placement rhetoric instructor, and for her work integrating English language arts in the allied health programs at the center.
Student Spotlight

MDE Breaking Traditions Awards
The Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education recognized 91 secondary and post-secondary students who have demonstrated success in a non-traditional career pathway for their gender. Three CTC students were recognized this year for their efforts.
Clara Kroll, Glen Lake
Front Street Writers
Merit Award
Leona Eckert
Public Safety
Certificate of Recognition
Jayde McCaffrey
Culinary Arts
Certificate of Recognition
Auto Body Program

A unique project was just completed for the Long Lake Township Fire Department by Mike Barnes and his Auto Body Repair program students. This 2007 "Brush Truck" received minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint before the township outfitted it with a water tank and equipment that will be used to extinguish brush fires. The project provided a great learning experience for the students and lowered the expense of the township's investment in necessary emergency services equipment.
The Job Interview

Senior mock interviews took place on April 30 at the TBAISD Career-Tech Center and provided an opportunity for seniors to sit one-on-one with local business leaders to practice interview skills. Over thirty industry professionals assisted with the event and offered their feedback to students. Initiated by English instructors Jennifer Stairs, Taffetta Gle, and Kelly Hawkins, this interview opportunity is part of a greater instructional unit on employability, which also includes resumes and cover letter practice.
Expo Highlights
Students and programs across the center highlighted their work with a fun-filled evening of activities, raffles, and a pig roast. A petting zoo, flower sale, shed competition, and a Cherry Festival poster contest were just a few of the events that showcased student work and the diverse programming available at CTC.
Students Shine in Competitions
Students across the center competed in several clubs this spring. They showcased their skills and expertise in local, regional, and state competitions. Many students and teams won gold medals and qualified for national competitions this summer.
SkillsUSA State Competition Results
Power Equipment Technology
Jacob Ruess, TC Central HS – Gold*
Vinnie DiPisa, TC West HS Bronze

Marine Service Technician
Riley Holik, Bellaire HS Gold*

Motorcycle Service Technician
Ethan Flynn, TC West HS Gold*

Welding, Gas
Cameron Nagy, TC Central HS Gold (State)

Auto Service – New Vehicle Prep
Dylan Bertram, TC West HS Gold (State)

Related Technical Math
Haley McCaffrey, Kingsley HS (Business Careers) Bronze

Digital Cinema Production Gold*
Quentin Elam, Buckley HS
Courtney Ockert, Kingsley HS

TV Production Silver
Alison Arlt, Kingsley HS
James Kwiatkokwski, Suttons Bay HS

TV Production Bronze
Chloe Dutton, TC Central HS
Aspen Moore, TC Central HS

Promotional Bulletin Board Silver
Paige Stepke, Kingsley HS
Lauren Kores, Kalkaska HS
Jillene Bouwmeester, TC Christian HS

*Attending the National Skills USA Conference, June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky
Film and New Media students James Kwiatkowski, Suttons Bay, Allison Arlt, Kingsley, Chloe Dutton TC Central HS, and Aspen Moore, TC Central HS, competing at SkillsUSA Television Production in Grand Rapids, MI in April
MITES State Results
Foster Gilmore, TC Central HS - Gold
Grace Kurtz, St. Francis HS - Bronze
Khloii Cabinaw, Kingsley HS - Gold
Kelby Van Brocklin, Homeschool - Gold
Gavin Hanna, TC Central HS - Silver
Willow Jaruzel, TC West HS - Silver
Rachel Bennett, Kingsley HS - Silver
Alyson Farr, Kalkaska HS - Silver
Teal Szymchack, Kingsley HS - Bronze
Carise New, Homeschool - Bronze
HOSA Regional Results
Carly Boerema, Homeschool - Top 10
Payton Gretzmacher, TC Central HS - Bronze
Gena Shelagowski, Elk Rapids HS - Silver
FFA State Results

Prepared Public Speaking
Ali McAllister, TC Central HS - Bronze

Rachel Cooper, North Central Academy - Bronze

Agriscience Issues
Abby Ayoub, Mancelona HS - Bronze
Nicolas Plamondon, Suttons Bay Virtual - Bronze

State Degree
Megan Case, TC West HS
Isabella Canfield, TC West HS
FCCLA - State Gold Winners
Janea Bevis, Benzie Central HS
Yanna Chekhovskaya, TC West HS
Carson Domine, TC Central HS
Sarah Dunn, Elk Rapids HS
Vance Elsey, Mancelona HS
Brooke Flores, Grand Traverse Academy
Kali Fowler, TC West HS
Samantha Gauthier, TC West HS
Aaron Hart, TC Central HS
Elizabeth Hoffman, Kingsley HS
Amber Humphrey, Kalkaska HS
Valeria Kelley, Grand Traverse Academy
Alexa Lammers, TC Central HS
Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Competition
The Mechatronic s team of (Front row, L-R) Mitchell Russell, Kalkaska HS, Tristan Burfiend, Elk Rapids HS, Olivia Burroughs, Bellaire HS, Thomas Comer, Frankfort HS, Caleb LaMont, Grand Traverse Academy (Back Row, L-R) Instuctor Chris Haines, Kyle Korson, Leland HS, and Gabe Krumlauf, Kingsley HS took home a second place trophy for Overall Performance and the Square One Award for Best in All Evaluated Categories and competition day conduct at the Square One AVID competition at Kettering University in May.
Haley McCaffrey, Kingsley HS
Spencer Raetz, TC Central HS
Alexis Ritter, TC Central HS
Sierrah Rohde, Kingsley HS
Marissa Rojewski, TC Central HS
Hilary Sanchez, TC West HS
Julia Seeley, Mancelona HS
Kristin Thompson, North Central Academy
Emily Troutwine, TC West HS
Matthew West, TC Central HS
Cadence Wrobel, TC West HS
Jake Lankford, TC West HS
Kyle Luton, Kalkaska HS
Front Street Writers
Young Playwright's Festival
Sage Campbell, Glen Lake HS- Finalist
Hannah Gregory, St. Mary - Finalist
Jonathan Gregory, St. Mary
Clara Lick, Grand Traverse Academy

NWS Scholarship Competition
Molly Stadler, Grand Traverse Academy - Poetry Winner

 Poetry Out Loud National Competition
Molly Stadler, Grand Traverse Academy - State Finalist

Poet's Night Out
Molly Stadler, Grand Traverse Academy - Poetry Winner
Molly Stadler, Grand Traverse Academy, (Front row L) with her Poetry Out Loud certificate and the state competitors in Lansing, MI.
National Robotics Challenge - Manufacturing Technology Academy
Robot Hockey - Team Gold Award
Atlas Rosenbert, TC West HS
Justus Daugherty, Homeschool
Tim Kramer, Benzie Central HS
Matt Wooten, Benzie Central HS

Robotic Pick and Place
Scott Severance, Homeschool - Second Place
Manufacturing Robotic Work Cell - Team Bronze Award
Zack Thelander, Homeschool
Chloe Nicholas, Glen Lake HS
Claire Ackerman, TC Central HS
Andrew Dennis, Benzie Central HS
Information Technology Olympics
(L-R) Jacob Ritzer, IT, TC Central HS, Elijah Gothard, WGP, TC Central HS, Aiden Greene, IT TC Central HS, and Alyssa Tarkowski, WGP, Grand Traverse Academy won first place at the event.

Over 100 students from Instructor Colin O'Brien's IT program and Instructor Bruce Provencher's Web and Game Program (WGP) joined students from Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center in the IT Olympics held in May at Northwestern Michigan College.
Public Safety MCOLES

Henry Brown, Elk Rapids HS - First Place

Push-ups, 1/2 Mile Shuttle Run, Report Writing, Traffic Stops
Brandon Heath, TC West HS - First Place

Laser Reactive Target Shooting
Donnovan Stone, TC Central HS - Second Place
Instructor Tom Lennox joined Violet LeMar, Grand Traverse Academy and Devin Newton, TC Central HS who have been selected to participate in the Michigan State Police Teen Trooper Academy this summer. Both students are being sponsored by the Traverse City Kiwanis Club.
Out and About CTC
As part of the Going Pro Signing Day event and in partnership with Networks Northwest, CTC recognized students who have committed to working or post-secondary education or training in their career pathway with a signing day certificate.
Mechatronics students assembled mechanical components and built an autonomous vehicle as part of the Square One Network AVID Challenge. They also learned how to program a FANUC robotic arm.
Agriscience students worked with The Friendly Garden Club to plant flowers at the Open Space spring logo garden. Plans are underway for the Agriscience students to grow the plants that will be used next year and help with the design.
Vaccinate When You Graduate
Graduation is a great time to double-check to make sure your seniors are up-to-date on their vaccines.
  • New environments such as dorms, workplaces, classrooms, public transportation, parties and sporting events allow diseases to spread easily.
  • Your Senior is still on your insurance which should cover most vaccines, and if not, the Vaccine for Children program (VFC) covers uninsured and underinsured teens through 18 years of age.
  • Many occupations or colleges require you to be fully vaccinated prior to entrance or starting work.
  • For full protection, some vaccines require multiple doses over an extended period of time.

Make sure to take the time to get your Senior up-to-date now on immunizations like Meningitis, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap), Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis A. Call us now for an appointment.

Sports Physicals
Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about the 2019-2020 sports seasons!  All athletes must have a Sports Physical BEFORE attending tryouts for the season . YHWC is open all summer and you can schedule an appointment anytime for a comprehensive sports physical and update any immunizations your child may need at the same time! A physical done in the early summer is good for the entire school year for all sports, so you can schedule early. The clinic tends to get very busy in August with last minute appointments, so call to schedule in June for a convenient time.
Youth Health and Wellness Center
(231) 922-6416
Follow us on Instagram @youthhealthtc
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Walk-in visits are accommodated as time allows.
YHWC is a Medicaid enrollment site and can assist you with getting
healthcare coverage for your children.
Upcoming Events
Cool Tech Camp - June 25-27
Student/Parent Orientation - August 27 and 28
CTC First Day for Students - September 4
CTC Scholarship Golf Outing - September 15
Regional Staff Development Day (no school for students) - November 1
TBAISD Career-Tech Center| 880 Parsons Rd, Traverse City, Michigan | 231.922.6273 |