The Washington County Career Center honors its January Students of the Month, Raquel Lada and Mark Eickert Jr.
Raquel Lada is a Waterford senior enrolled in the Medical College Prep program, and she is the daughter of Rocky Lada of Waterford and Karen Gorrell of Marietta.
Lada is a member of the Career Center's SkillsUSA and Student Council youth organizations. She holds the office of class president of her program. She has received awards for All A's & B's Honor Roll, All B's Merit Roll, perfect attendance, and Outstanding English Student. During her junior year, Lada received third place at local competition for her Tech Prep Showcase "New Birthing Technology." Additionally, she received first place at the Regional SkillsUSA Competition, in Health Knowledge Bowl, and competed at the state level, in Columbus. Lada has volunteered for Safety Town and the Salvation Army Kids Klub. She currently has her State-Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), CPR and First Aid certifications; all of which she obtained through her program at the Career Center. Math instructor, Ben Schenkel, nominated her for this honor and commented on special traits and roles that Lada carries such as hard working, dedicated, responsible, helpful to classmates, thoughtful, caring, self-motivated, and an excellent role model to other students.
Upon graduation, Lada plans to attend Washington State Community College (WSCC) in their Med Lab Program to obtain an Associate's Degree as a Lab Technician. She will be able to enter WSCC at an advanced standing due to the dual credit classes she has taken at the Career Center in Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, and Medical Terminology.
Mark Eickert is a Warren senior enrolled in the Auto Collision program, and he is the son of Mark Sr. and Mary Eickert of Little Hocking.
Eickert is a member of the Career Center's SkillsUSA youth organization and he holds the office of class vice president of his program. He has received awards for All A's Principal List, All A's & B's Honor Roll and perfect attendance. At Warren High School, Eickert was a member of FFA his freshman and sophomore years. Through SkillsUSA, he competed and placed second, in Auto Collision, during Local Competition his junior year. Auto Collision instructor, Gary Ruble, commented on special traits and roles that Eickert carries such as helpful, polite, and non-criticizing to other students.
Following graduation, Eickert plans to go directly into the workforce of Auto Collision as well as attend the Career Center Adult Technical Training program for HVAC.