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 12 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.
The 17 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.

Parents, employers, work supervisors and guests were among those in attendance. The Rotary club presented each student with a U.S. Savings Bond and a plaque to honor their achievements. According to Nancy Ralls, West Shore Career-Technical District career development coordinator, this is the fifteenth year the club has honored the Outstanding Student Award winners.

Each award recipient is automatically nominated to receive the “Career-Technical Student of the Year Award” which will be announced at West Shore’s annual Career Passport and Student Recognition Assembly on May 22.

West Shore districts are Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake. This year West Shore is serving 491 students in its workforce development programs.

The 2012 Outstanding Student Award recipients are: Mike Willi, automotive technology; Jessi Ganyard, biotechnology; Josh Jenkins, business management; Max Smith, community based training at Bonne Bell; Crystal Palmer, community based training at Marriott; Sarah Musleh, community based training at Rae Ann; Corey Riester, construction trades; Howard Kolodny, culinary arts/ProStart; Caroline Schwind, early childhood education/senior services; John Blainer, electronic technology; Mark Hanna, health careers technology; Elizabeth Taucher, interactive media; Asael Suleiman, medical office management; Alex Wilson, networking /Cisco; Ryan Cleary, Project Lead the Way; Michael Simmons, service occupations training; and Matt Lewis, Transition to Work.