Rotary Students of the Month- January

January 2 students of the month


Brandi Coldsmith is a Big Spring School District student enrolled in the Dental program. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and Secretary of the Health Occupations Students of America in addition to volunteering at the Harrisburg Food Bank. Brandi plans to attend Hagerstown Community College to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene.

Josh Arvey is a West Shore School District student enrolled in the Culinary program. He is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and the stage crew. He also serves as President of SkillsUSA, where he placed first in district competition, first in state competition, and 14th in national competition. Josh also volunteers for the Leukemia Society, public library, and church service projects. He plans to major in Business Management at HACC and/or Penn State.

Cooperative Education Spotlight-Benjamin Myers

2014-01-13 Ben Myers Co-Op Spotlight

Benjamin Myers, a senior from Big Spring High School enrolled in the Carpentry program, is currently participating in the Cooperative Education program here at CPAVTS. While most of Ben’s classmates are sleeping before school starts, he is on his way to a jobsite with Pyramid Construction Services Inc. Upon his arrival, he meets with the site foreman to find his daily tasks. One day that may include framing with steel studs, hanging drywall, repairing acoustic ceilings, hanging doors, or participating in many other construction related activities. This on the job training is difficult to simulate and helps prepare him for real world expectations.  Ben states that he loves being involved in all phases of a job and eventually getting to see the completed project.  He takes pride in all his work and is more than prepared for the everyday rigors of the construction trade.

Horticulture Students Awarded in 2014 PA Farm Show

2014-01-10 Farm Show Winners-PM

The PA Farm Show is winding down, but not before a handful of Cumberland Perry students who awards for placing at various levels with their horticultural projects--pieces ranging from cacti to terrariums.

Three students, Abigail Albright from Newport School District, Beka Hann from Big Spring, and Amanda Coffey from East Pennsboro won first, second, and third place respectively for their Ikebana arrangements. Ikebana is a style of Japanese flower arrangement that doesn't just focus on the aesthetic combination of colors, but also on a graceful lines presented in the positioning, the natural shapes of the plants, and some artistic meaning that is usually implied by the piece as a whole. Others, like Cedar Cliff student Alyssa Biggs and Beka Hann from Big Spring, fashioned bridal arrangements. Ms. Biggs created a crown for a flower girl, while Ms. Hann used her skills to make a bouquet with modern flair.

Of course, this isn't to say the other entries were any less impressive. Hayden Miller and Zachary McClure, both from Northern York, both created miniature landscapes that focused on hard landscaping--the kind of thing you might want to look at when envisioning a remodel of your outdoor patio. Not to mention, of course, all the hard work and effort that went into caring for the plants in the live entries and the creativity that went into each design. Congratulations to all the students who received awards for their projects!

Shown in the above picture (from left to right) are: Abbi Albright, Hayden Miller, McCailah Stewart, Zach McClure, and Amanda Coffey. In the picture below (from left to right) are: Paige Eyer, Alyssa Biggs, Rebekah Hann, Dylan Dorn, and Laurel Diehl


A listing of the winning students:

Ikebana Style Arrangements:2014-01-10 Farm Show Winners-AM

                1st place – Abigail Albright (Newport)       

                2nd place – Beka Hann (Big Spring)

                3rd place – Amanda Coffey (East Penn)

Flower Girl Head Piece

                5th place – Alyssa Biggs (Cedar Cliff)

Modern Bridal Bouquet

                3rd place – Beka Hann (Big Spring)

FFA Banquet Floral Arrangement:

                1st place-  Amanda Coffey (East Penn)                                                                                                      

Hospital Arrangement for a Child:

                2nd place – Paige Eyer (West Perry)

Fresh Vase Arrangement:

                3rd place -  Laurel Diehl (Big Spring)

Best of Show – Artistic Entries – Best fresh Design: Abigail Albright (Newport)                                   

5-Variety Mixed Herbs Display:

                2nd place – Arryssa Francis-Brown (Boiling Springs)

                4th place – Dylan Dorn (Cedar Cliff)

Cacti  Dish Gardens:

                1st place – McCaliah Stewart (East Penn)


                1st place – McCaliah Stewart (East Penn)

Mini Landscapes – Emphasis on hardscaping:

                1st place – Hayden Miller (Northern York)

                5th place – Zachary McClure (Northern York)




Students Visit for an Evening at Cumberland Perry AVTS

logistics harness demonstration

December 12 saw a massive influx of students, parents, and pizza--all in the name of an open house called "A Night at CPAVTS". Eighth and ninth graders from around the area travelled to Cumberland Perry for an in-depth tour of two programs of their choice, and were not disappointed.

Tours were conducted in six programs: Computer Information Systems; Electronics Technology; Graphic Communications; Horticulture & Landscaping; Logistics & Warehouse Management; and Masonry; with each student spending one hour in two different classrooms. Students, like ninth-grader Hunter Davis pictured to the right, experienced similar work one might expect to perform on an average school day in their program. Overall, about 40 students participated, along with a parent or two--so many that three programs were full to capacity! Thanks to all the students and parents who showed up for a fun and informative night!

Some more photos from the event:

electronics sample project 

graphics layout work


CIS project work


From left to right:  CPAVTS senior Richie Poff working with two Cumberland Valley 9th graders, Austin Wenger and Dylan Wotring, in the Electronics Technology program; 8th grader Charlotte Bink participating in a hands-on project for Graphic Communications; and Grant Mizak, a 9th grader from Cumberland Valley and accompanied by his parents, working in Computer Information Systems.



Catching up with...Shannon Speelman, Criminal Justice '07

Shannon Speelman, Class of 2007, Criminal Justice, Susquenita

I am a Profit Protection Investigator through the Asset Protection Department for Rite Aid Corporation Headquarters in Camp Hill.  Prior to being promoted to investigator in January 2013,  I was an analyst within the department.  My role now involves investigating  theft, fraud, regulatory, and/or procedural errors through Exception Based Reporting, user reports, and video surveillance.  I prepare interview materials, conduct phone interviews, and take written statements with store associates to reduce travel time by a field investigator.  I complete case paperwork and case management records for these errors and communicate with Human Resources on disposition of associate involvement. 

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