‘New kids’ graduate from JVS in style


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media Lorain County JVS graduate Erin Hostal, who spoke at commencement, was in a crash last year and suffered traumatic brain injury. She recovered and now plans to attend Lorain County Community College and become a paramedic and firefighter.


Cosmetology student Lauren Borders, who delivered a commencement address, plans to study makeup and hopes to one day work in the film industry.


Nicole Conrad is the first recipient of a new scholarship in memory of JVS instructor Linda Diedrick, who passed away this year after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Adam Evans accepts his papers in a ceremony Friday at the Lorain Palace Theater.


Adam Smith sings the National Anthem to open the ceremony.


Christine Oliveros, an allied health sciences student, accepts her diploma.


Lizzie Parsch, Erin Hostal, and Sierra Britton pose before the ceremony on the stairs to the main Palace stage.


Justin Adams steps forward to accept his papers.


National contest award recipients are recognized.


Daniel Mize is named the outstanding senior in the Building Trades Academy carpentry program.


“I am so proud of this year’s seniors,” says JVS principal Jill Petitti.


Tyler White shakes hands with school resource officer Anthony Pluta.


Quincy Young steps forward to accept his diploma.


LORAIN COUNTY JVS

Glenn Faircloth, superintendent

Jerry Pavlik, deputy superintendent

Cory Thompson, treasurer

Jill Petitti, principal

Patrick Foreman, assistant principal

Christina Pelto, assistant principal

Supervisors: Keith Blalock, Courtney Griffiths, Jason Kaczay, Brandon Kushinski, Denise Scarpucci, Kristian Smith

Board of education: Rex Engle (Amherst), Art Goforth (Avon), Charles Froehlich (Avon Lake), Richard Marcucci (Clearview), Stephen Coleman (Columbia), Kathryn Karpus (Elyria), Dwayne Becker (Firelands), Deborah Melda (Keystone), Gary Wilson (Midview), Steve Ali (North Ridgeville), Anne Schaum (Oberlin), James Schilens Sr. (Sheffield/Sheffield Lake), Ayers Ratliff (Wellington)

Being “the new kid” can be tough. On Friday, senior Lauren Borders recalled her earliest days at her school – the Lorain County JVS – and learning that everyone feels like the new kid.

She took the lectern at the vocational school’s commencement ceremony, held at the Lorain Palace Theater, earning cheers as she talked about how JVS classmates became fast friends.

“Little did we know we were making memories, making friends – we were making family,” Borders said.

Senior Erin Hostal shared the same sentiments in a speech for the class, remembering how she counted down the minutes to the end of each school day as a freshman at Keystone High. A field trip to the JVS changed her outlook and she eagerly applied and was accepted.

Reporting for her first day, Hostal felt intimidated.

But that same day she made a best friend and soon, “Strangers turned into one big family,” she said.

Borders and Hostal were among the nearly 500 students honored in Friday’s ceremony – a crop of graduates JVS principal Jill Petitti praised extensively.

Seniors in the JVS Class of 2016 collected for homeless shelters, organized a blood drive, earned more than $250,000 through the summer internship program, inducted 42 members into the National Technical Honor Society, and advanced by the hundreds through regional, state, and national skill and trade competitions.

This year’s seniors were awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships, Petitti said.

Deputy superintendent Jerry Pavlik had graduates’ parents and grandparents, then staff members stand, each receiving thunderous applause in turn.

Pavlik delivered remarks in the absence of superintendent Glenn Faircloth, who was unable to attend the ceremony, and used Faircloth as an example of what students can achieve.

He said 26 years ago Faircloth was homeless and “knew he didn’t want that to be the chapter that defined his life.” Through resolve and hard work he today holds a doctorate and leads one of the best public vocational schools in all of Ohio.

Pavlik urged graduates to make the best of the chapters they have left to write in their lives.

“Make us proud. Make a difference,” he said.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media Lorain County JVS graduate Erin Hostal, who spoke at commencement, was in a crash last year and suffered traumatic brain injury. She recovered and now plans to attend Lorain County Community College and become a paramedic and firefighter.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_erin-hostal.jpg

Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media Lorain County JVS graduate Erin Hostal, who spoke at commencement, was in a crash last year and suffered traumatic brain injury. She recovered and now plans to attend Lorain County Community College and become a paramedic and firefighter.

Cosmetology student Lauren Borders, who delivered a commencement address, plans to study makeup and hopes to one day work in the film industry.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_senior-speaker-lauren-borders.jpgCosmetology student Lauren Borders, who delivered a commencement address, plans to study makeup and hopes to one day work in the film industry.

Nicole Conrad is the first recipient of a new scholarship in memory of JVS instructor Linda Diedrick, who passed away this year after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_nicole-conrad-sp-receives-diedrick-scholarship.jpgNicole Conrad is the first recipient of a new scholarship in memory of JVS instructor Linda Diedrick, who passed away this year after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Adam Evans accepts his papers in a ceremony Friday at the Lorain Palace Theater.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_adam-evans-accepts-a-diploma-from-chef-michins-sp.jpgAdam Evans accepts his papers in a ceremony Friday at the Lorain Palace Theater.

Adam Smith sings the National Anthem to open the ceremony.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_adam-smith-national-anthem.jpgAdam Smith sings the National Anthem to open the ceremony.

Christine Oliveros, an allied health sciences student, accepts her diploma.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_christine-oliveros-sp.jpgChristine Oliveros, an allied health sciences student, accepts her diploma.

Lizzie Parsch, Erin Hostal, and Sierra Britton pose before the ceremony on the stairs to the main Palace stage.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_hostal-britton-parsh.jpgLizzie Parsch, Erin Hostal, and Sierra Britton pose before the ceremony on the stairs to the main Palace stage.

Justin Adams steps forward to accept his papers.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_justin-adams-receives-his-diploma.jpgJustin Adams steps forward to accept his papers.

National contest award recipients are recognized.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_national-contest-award-recipients.jpgNational contest award recipients are recognized.

Daniel Mize is named the outstanding senior in the Building Trades Academy carpentry program.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_outstanding-senior-daniel-mies-sp.jpgDaniel Mize is named the outstanding senior in the Building Trades Academy carpentry program.

“I am so proud of this year’s seniors,” says JVS principal Jill Petitti.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_petitti.jpg“I am so proud of this year’s seniors,” says JVS principal Jill Petitti.

Tyler White shakes hands with school resource officer Anthony Pluta.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_white-pluta-shake.jpgTyler White shakes hands with school resource officer Anthony Pluta.

Quincy Young steps forward to accept his diploma.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/05/web1_quincy-young-accepts-his-diploma.jpgQuincy Young steps forward to accept his diploma.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com

LORAIN COUNTY JVS

Glenn Faircloth, superintendent

Jerry Pavlik, deputy superintendent

Cory Thompson, treasurer

Jill Petitti, principal

Patrick Foreman, assistant principal

Christina Pelto, assistant principal

Supervisors: Keith Blalock, Courtney Griffiths, Jason Kaczay, Brandon Kushinski, Denise Scarpucci, Kristian Smith

Board of education: Rex Engle (Amherst), Art Goforth (Avon), Charles Froehlich (Avon Lake), Richard Marcucci (Clearview), Stephen Coleman (Columbia), Kathryn Karpus (Elyria), Dwayne Becker (Firelands), Deborah Melda (Keystone), Gary Wilson (Midview), Steve Ali (North Ridgeville), Anne Schaum (Oberlin), James Schilens Sr. (Sheffield/Sheffield Lake), Ayers Ratliff (Wellington)