Three ‘Grove Students At Western Center Win Honors

Three 'Grove Students At Western Center Win Honors

The Western Center for Technical Studies in Limerick

POTTSTOWN PA – Three Pottsgrove High School students who attend classes at the Western Center for Technical Studies in Limerick were among those who recently received honors in career-related state competitions, Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ member Patti Grimm told her colleagues Tuesday (April 9, 2013), and added that their achievements showed continuing progress for participants in center programs.

Pottsgrove’s winners were:

  • Jamie Kanach, who placed second in a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition with her chapter project on “Autism Awareness;”
  • Chris Elsier, who placed third in a Skills USA competition for auto service; and
  • Ashley Huybers, who placed third in an FCCLA “Focus on Children” competition.

“We can be really proud of them all,” Grimm said. Grimm and fellow directors Theodore Coffelt and Michael Neiffer all represent Pottsgrove on the center’s nine-member joint operating committee.

Equally pleasing, she noted, are enrollment figures for the center announced Monday (April 8) by its principal, former Pottsgrove teacher Robert Weneck. He reported its recruitment and outreach efforts to attract new students were succeeding, with projected 2013-2014 academic year enrollment up 20 percent over this year. Of that, the number of Pottsgrove enrollees also was up, by 25 percent.

Center career programs in greatest demand, according to Weneck, are automotive technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, and protective services.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ April 9 meeting):