Amory Career & Technical students inducted into honor society

AMORY – Twenty-three students were inducted into the National Career & Technical Honor Society on Feb. 1, at Amory High Career & Technical Center.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY – Amory High School held the annual National Technical Honor Society induction on Feb. 1.  The following students were inducted into the honor society: (not in order), Christopher Alim, Dakota Arriola, Dillon Arriola,  Whitney Baker, Dani Coleman, Jaylon Fair, Katelyn Flynt, Victoria Frantz, Taylor Gosa, Chelsey Harlow, Chassity Houston, Callie Humphrey, Amanda McDonald, Courtland Meredith, Beth Myers, Maggie Petty, Courtney Reeves, Cole Robinson, Nathan Russell, Jennifer Steverson, Joseph Summers, Jordan Whitt, and Payton Williams.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL
NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY – Amory High School held the annual National Technical Honor Society induction on Feb. 1. The following students were inducted into the honor society: (not in order), Christopher Alim, Dakota Arriola, Dillon Arriola, Whitney Baker, Dani Coleman, Jaylon Fair, Katelyn Flynt, Victoria Frantz, Taylor Gosa, Chelsey Harlow, Chassity Houston, Callie Humphrey, Amanda McDonald, Courtland Meredith, Beth Myers, Maggie Petty, Courtney Reeves, Cole Robinson, Nathan Russell, Jennifer Steverson, Joseph Summers, Jordan Whitt, and Payton Williams.

The honor society was established in 1984 for workforce education. To be eligible, a student must have a 3.25 GPA in career technical courses and a 3.0 overall GPA.
Students inducted into the National Career & Technical Honor Society were Christopher Alim, Dakota Arriola, Dillon Arriola, Whitney Baker, Dani Coleman, Jaylon Fair, Katelyn Flynt, Victoria Frantz, Taylor Gosa, Chelsey Harlow, Chassity Houston, Callie Humphrey, Amanda McDonald,Courtland Merideth, Beth Myers, Maggie Petty, Courtney Reeves, Cole Robinson, Nathan Russell, Jennifer Steverson, Joseph Summers, Jordan Whitt and Payton Williams.
There have been some changes recently as the name has been changed from Vo-Tech Center to Career & Technical Center. The name change centers around a statewide initiative to change the perception of a lot of vocational centers.
“The word Vo-Tech can be harsh to the ears. There has been the perception that a student who is not academically gifted can go to the Vo-Tech and learn something.
“While we serve the entire student population, technology has been a driving force for the programs we have in place. Engineering, health sciences, teacher academy and culinary arts are just a few examples of our career technical center offerings,” said Andy Cantrell, director of Amory High School’s Career and Technical Center.
The center is trying to look downrange in the next five to 10 years to determine where the employment opportunities will be.
“With the programs we have in place, there is an option to continue in college or immediately begin a career,” Cantrell said.
Guest speaker for the event was Tony Tice, dean of career & technical instruction at Itawamba Community College.
“I can tell you right now that we want you at ICC. You have exactly what we want in students,” Tice said.
He went on to say that appearance matters. He also stressed the importance of being on time for class, interviews and work.
“Work efficiently and with precision and that will make a difference to your employer. Wherever you go, keep on learning,” Tice said.