Catching Up With ... Ashley Reath '08

Ashley Reath, Class of 2008, Advertising Art & Design, Big Spring

Ashley Reath is a 2008 graduate of Big Spring High School and Cumberland Perry AVTS.   During her tenure with us, Ashley was a focused and hard-working student in the Advertising Art and Design program. After graduating from CPAVTS, Ashley continued her education at Shippensburg University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Design. Ashley is now the Director of Marketing and Sales for Phantom Entertainment, where she designs all of the company’s promotional material and travels to promote the company. Ashley shared with us a little about her success story and how she feels CPAVTS played a role in that:

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

                “Cumberland Perry helped me focus on more of what I wanted to do for a career rather than only general education.”

How did Cumberland Perry help you?

                “I learned so much there! It really gave me a huge head start for college. I was a lot more advanced in Graphic Design than most of my peers.”


What is your favorite Cumberland Perry memory?

                “My favorite memory would have to be winning 1st Place in Graphic Design at the PA High School Computer Fair. It was a great finale to my senior year.”

 Congratulations to Ashley and best wishes for her continued success within her field of work! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

Automotive Collision Students Help Repair River Rescue Boat

01-22-15 Rescue Boat 1 AUTO-CBy now, most have heard of the unfortunate disappearance of 17-year-old Medard Kowalski of Cedar Cliff, who went missing on December 1, 2014 while canoeing to Hoak Island on a hunting excursion. Recently, the New Cumberland River Rescue was forced to record their markers in a GPS to avoid losing them to the ice rapidly forming on the Susquehanna River.

While other members of the community have been donating money (through fundraisers, such as the one held at the Cedar Cliff Subway Restaurant on January 14) and even their time to the rescue group as the search for the teen continues , Cumberland Perry AVTS has joined in with a small but cost-saving project.

One of the rescue’s boats—one used to carry their dogs—is in need of some refurbishing as the dogs’ nails ripped up the carpeting in the bottom of the boat. While removing the carpeting, and the glue holding it in place, with a new bedliner would be an expensive job through normal means, the students in Brenton Yaukey’s Automotive Collision course have volunteered to perform the removal for free.

Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS always perform some type of community service project during the school year, and this year is no different. It just so happens that these students are able to help their community face a tragic situation.

“I think it’s a cool thing we’re doing,” said McKenna Rosensteel, a first-year student from Northern York. “And we’re learning at the same time.”

Mr. Yaukey’s students have incorporated this project into their daily curriculum until the project is finished—and after local company Line-X of Mechanicsburg completes the bedliner installation, these students will put the boat back together for its return to active duty.

McKenna is one of the few young women who choose to enter a male-dominated field such as automotive technology, but regardless she seems to be loving it.

“None of my family [would identify us as] a ‘car family’. But this was the program that stuck out when I visited the school. I could see myself doing this for a while!” Rosensteel said.

All of the community service projects completed at Cumberland Perry AVTS are, obviously, meant to benefit local institutions; cut-a-thons are held to benefit a variety of charitable foundations, and care packages or fund raisers are organized for local causes. This, however, is a different kind of community service—this is helping to make a horrible situation even slightly better by providing the rescue team with the tools it needs.

"Anything we can do for the community," said Mr. Yaukey. "We don't want [the rescue workers] to spend more than they have to to do their jobs."

Both the Sentinel and the Patriot News recently published this story. For those yet unfamiliar with this tragic event, or who are simply curious, these releases can be found online:



CPAVTS is proud to add this tale to its collection of admirable deeds performed by its students over the years!

CPAVTS Students Demonstrate Expertise at the 2015 PA Farm Show

01-13-15 2015 Farm Show AM WinnersAt the opening of a new year, students of Malena Perry's Horticulture program competed in the 2015 PA Farm Show against other vocational tech schools in the area. To the left are several of the students who succeeded in impressing the judges with their work: (in no particular order) Arryssa Francis-Brown (Big Spring, Year 3), Dylan Dorn (Cedar Cliff, Year 2), Hannah Tedesco (Red Land, Year 1), Saige Fickes (Red Land, Year 2), Tori Nailor (West Perry, Year 2), Antonia Mitchem (West Perry, Year 3), Rebekah Hann (Big Spring, Year 3), Alyssa Biggs (Cedar Cliff, Year 2), Laurel Diehl (Big Spring, Year 2), and Paige Eyer (West Perry, Year 3).

Each year, contestants present various types of arrangements from Ikebana designs (a Japanese minimalist style of flower arrangement) to floral wedding cake toppers to hospital arrangements. These are the Cumberland Perry students who placed in their respective categories during the competition:

Antonia Mitchem--2nd place for Ikebana design
Rebekah Hann--4th place for Ikebana design
Alyssa Biggs--4th place for silk wreath
Hannah Tedesco--5th place for wedding cake topper
Claire Clark (Mechanicsburg, Year 2)--1st place for floral wall hanging arrangement
Antonia Mitchem--3rd place for pedestal arrangement
Alyssa Biggs--2nd place for silk bud vase arrangement
Laurel Diehl--4th place for a modern-style bridal bouquet 
Angelique Effinger (East Pennsboro, Year 1)--1st place for a children's hospital arrangement
Paige Eyer--1st place for a 25th wedding anniversary banquet arrangement
Julia Pratt (East Pennsboro, Year 2)--2nd place for a fireside sympathy basket
Laurel Diehl--2nd place for a vase arrangment
Arryssa Francis-Brown--1st place for a 3-variety mixed herb container
Dylan Dorn--1st place for a 5-variety mixed herb container
Kalvin Groce (Greenwood, Year 3)--1st place for potted poinsettias
Tanner Cantelupe (Susquenita, Year 1)--5th place for potted poinsettias
Arryssa Francis-Brown--1st place for a tropical plant terrarium
Dylan Dorn--2nd place for a tropical plant terrarium
Dylan Dorn--2nd place for a living table wreath made from succulent plants
Hannah Tedesco--5th place for a living table wreath made from succulent plants
Tori Nailor--4th place for a miniature landscape design for a backyard
Saige Fickes--1st place for a miniature landscape design for a horticulture business storefront
Bailey Hipp (Northern York, Year 1)--3rd place for a miniature landscape design for a horticulture business storefront
Kalvin Groce--1st place for a residential landscape blueprint
Tanner Cantelupe--2nd place for a residential landscape blueprint


Congratulations to all of the Cumberland Perry AVTS Horticulture students who placed at the PA Farm Show! 


Rotary Students of the Month - January 2015


Sarah Fisher is a Greenwood High School student enrolled in the Health Career Technicians program. She is involved with SOS Peer Helpers, Student Council, Greenwood Athletic Association, and Wildcat All-star Cheerleading. She is the Community Service Specialist for FBLA, a teacher at Dixie’s Dance Studio, and is caption of the GW Cheerleading squad. Sarah also participates in the Greenwood FFA, is President of HOSA, Treasurer of SkillsUSA, and a Member of the National Guard. Sarah plans to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Nick Barber is a South Middleton student enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program at Cumberland Perry. He placed 2nd in the Bo-Bots competition and competes as a member of the Nanoline team. Nick has applied to Wilkes University and hopes to study Game Design.

Catching Up With ... Denny Reisinger '80

Denny Reisinger, Class of 1980, Technical Electricity, West Perry

Denny Reisinger stopped in recently to visit with Mr. Brubaker in our Electrical Construction and Maintenance class and with Mr. Berkstresser in Co-operative Education. Denny works at Fry Communications, with whom he has been employed for 32 years, and is currently an Equipment Specialist in Plant Service. He talked with our seniors in EC/M about the type of work he does and began the interview process with students for a co-op experience at Fry Communications. Mr. Reisinger is certainly a great representation of the benefits of vocational schooling. After graduation from the school in 1980, he has worked for Ralston Purina, PPG, and Fry Communications. Denny has said that what he remembers most from his days as a student at CPAVTS is shop theory and learning respect, both of which helped to prepare him for a career in the maintenance field. Denny is hoping to join the Occupational Advisory Board for EC/M in order to help guide and advise the program with the most up-to-date curriculum content and to make recommendations for continual program improvement. With his experience, I’m sure he will be a great asset to the Board!