West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 16 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 16 students, top performers in their career-technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community.


Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

These West Shore students have achieved top results in the classroom and workplace,” remarked Linda Thayer, West Shore Career-Technical District educational coordinator. “They have already started on their career path earning college credit, industry credentials, and workplace experience through their West Shore experience. This sets them apart from their peers as they head out into the post-secondary and workplace world.

Parents, employers, work supervisors and guests were among those in attendance. According to Rotarian Nancy Ralls, West Shore Career-Technical District career development coordinator, this is the 18th year the club has honored the Outstanding Student Award winners.

The Rotary club will present each student with a gift card and a plaque to honor their achievements at West Shore’s annual Career Passport and Student Recognition Assembly on May 19. Each award recipient is automatically nominated to receive the “Career-Technical Student of the Year Award” which will be announced at West Shore’s Career Passport and Student Recognition Assembly.

West Shore districts are Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake. This year West Shore is serving 507 students in its workforce development programs.


The 2014-15 Outstanding Student Award recipients are: Alan Baker, automotive technology; Renee Klann, biotechnology; David Antz, business management; Sean Collins, community-based training at Bonne Bell; Colin Murphy, community-based training at Rae Ann; Marta Myers, community-based at the Marriott; Elijah Plumley, construction trades;

Katherine Renaudin, culinary arts; Megan Knott, early childhood education; Darius Rogers, electronic technology; Mohamed Saed Alodat, health careers technology; Jacob Corder, interactive media; Ulmas Fayzulova, medical office management; Aaron Swartz, networking/Cisco; Laert Fejzullari, Project Lead the Way; Eric Van Keuls, service occupations training.