EHOVE students, staffers honored

Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Michael Edwards (third from left) with scholarship award winners at the annual dinner. The culinary arts students are Brian West (left), of Danbury High School; Hannah Rumbutis, Perkins; Tori Horning, Monroeville; Emily Johnston, Edison; and Nicole Sommers, Norwalk.EHOVE Career Center was presented with a plaque from the Ohio School Boards Association to recognize the efforts of the students and staff for their community service work.  Twelve student groups and many staff members participated in a myriad of volunteer and community service activities, working on behalf of charities like the Salvation Army, Erie County Care & Share, Toys for Tots, Special Olympics, Historic Lyme Village, Goodwill, American Red Cross, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and other activities to benefit military servicemen in Afghanistan, animal shelters and local residents and schoolchildren experiencing tough times.

EHOVE Board of Education members Dr. Paul R. Lockwood II and Carole Kuns received the Who’s Who in the NW Region Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership from OSBA. According to Dr. Judith Jackson May, NW Region OSBA Manager and Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University, this award recognizes the importance of effective organizational leadership and that leadership occurs at all levels of the organization from the playground to the central office.
The nominees for this award are peer generated by those who work closely with the nominee.  This year, Lockwood and Kuns, who belong to two boards, were nominated by superintendents Sharon Mastroianni from EHOVE and Bill Lally from North Point ESC for their tireless and selfless efforts on behalf of both school boards.
Culinary Arts instructors Chef Michael Edwards (high school) and Beth Ringlein (adult education) were honored with a Humanitarian Award from OSBA for their 12-year history of fundraising. Through an annual dinner event, the pair has raised and given away more than $41,000 for student scholarships, cooks camps and state conference attendance. This year, they raised more than $5,000 and funded 11 student scholarships.
“Chef Edwards has been instrumental in making an impact on students’ lives in numerous venues,” said Executive Director Kitty Smith.  “He goes above and beyond for his students and makes sure they receive the right experiences in the hospitality industry.”
“Chef Beth Ringlein is so deserving of this award — she is like Wonder Woman here at EHOVE Career Center,” said Adult Education Director Viki Kaszonyi, who described a lengthy list of instructional, professional and community responsibilities in which Ringlein excels. “Chef Beth is looked to as a leader in the state in Culinary Education and has shared her success secrets for culinary programming with other Adult Career Centers all over Ohio.  She epitomizes the spirit of what Workforce Development Education is all about.”
EHOVE Career Center is a leading career tech school in Milan Township.  This high school and adult education facility draws students from a variety of locales, and serves multiple school districts in Erie, Huron and Ottawa Counties. Students are given the opportunity to take challenging academic classes in a customized and relevant curriculum, and gain hands-on training and real world experience to prepare them for college, a specific career, or the military.  For information, go to or call 419-499-4663, ext. 232.

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