March 2019- Rotary Students of the Month

March 2019 SOMs

Gretchen Frederick is a West Perry High School student in the Dental Assisting Program. She participates in various activities at CPAVTS and West Perry, including Varsity Club, Varsity Softball, Basketball and Field Hockey (WP); NTHS (National Technical Honor Society) and HOSA (Future Health Professionals), CPAVTS. She made honor roll at CPAVTS, and plans to attend Penn Tech after graduation, to study Pre-Dental Hygiene.

Jake Pursell is a Computer Programming student from West Perry High School. He enjoys various extra-curricular activities, such as Fishing, Airsoft and programming work. He also participates in school plays and musicals at West Perry. He was named student of the quarter and made honor roll at CPAVTS. He plans to continue his studies in Computer Programming, and Game Development at Harrisburg University.

Tristessa Iski is a Boiling Springs High School student in the Nurse Assisting Program. She is a member of HOSA (Future Health Professionals). She participates in Snowboard Club at SM, is a tutor for her peers, and a Cooperative Education student at CPAVTS. She is currently employed by Panera Bread. She was named student of the quarter and made honor roll at CPAVTS. Upon graduating she is interested in attending Shippensburg University or IUP to student Psychology or Mathematics.

Cooperative Education Spotlight- Tessa Iski

coop spot. feb 2019

Tessa Iski, a senior from South Middleton High School, starts off each school day by pulling into the Fredrickson Outpatient Center in Mechanicsburg.  She reports to Peter J Sakol, M.D. who is in charge of Oculofacial Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.  Tessa is currently enrolled in the Nursing Assistant program at Cumberland Perry AVTS and working through the Cooperative Education program.  After 2 years in the Nursing program, Tessa realized obtaining her CNA and working at a traditional hospital was not in the cards for her.  As a senior, she started to realize she had a passion for the field of Ophthalmology.  As luck would have it, Dr Sakol called CPAVTS inquiring about hiring a student to assist in his office.  From there, the match was made and a great relationship has evolved.  Each day Tessa checks patients in, assists with their records, provides aide to other medical assistants, and checks patients out.  Her role as a team member is paramount in ensuring the best patient care and service are provided by Dr Sakol’s practice.  Tessa is well on her way to a successful career in the heath profession

Battle of the Kings

Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS are partnering in the “Battle of the Kings” competition with Appalachian Harley Davidson.   This cycle customization challenge is a competition among Harley Davidson dealerships partnering with vocational technical schools globally to see who has the talent to be called the “King”.

Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS will tear apart a fully assembled Harley Davidson motorcycle and fabricate it with design ideas personalized by instructors and students.  There are 12 students ready for the challenge!  Students on the team are from various programs at Cumberland Perry AVTS; Advertising Art & Design, Auto Collision, Auto Tech, Precision Machine, and Welding.   

This battle has a few pertinent guidelines.  Students at Cumberland Perry AVTS had to be recommended by their instructor with ability and desire to be on the battle team.  Work on the motorcycle must be completed off the clock, after school hours, weekends, or holidays.  The budget is to not spend half as much as the initial cost of the original bike.  The timeframe to complete the battle challenge is from January 1 through March 15! 

The reveal of the motorcycle is scheduled for April 15, 2019.   Stay tuned to see the finished challenge cycle!

Program Spotlight- Horticulture & Landscaping

Teacher Spotlight- Malena Perryprogram spotlight- feb. 2019


What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

“Exploring how to grow plants Aeroponically and what plants lend themselves to growing in that type of environment.”


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“A few students go on to get a degree in some facet of Horticulture, others go right into the trade when they graduate.”


What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?

“Soft skills, customer service, and showing up for work on a regular basis- on time and ready to work!”


What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession, with which students become familiar?

“The most current trend in our trade is growing plants hydroponically. Growing food with less water and growing medical marijuana.”


What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

“Botanical names of plants seem to be difficult for most students. I think because they are Latin and most students find it difficult to spell and pronounce.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“We do Theory lessons, but in my shop there really isn’t a “typical” day, it just depends on what is going on.” (weddings, prom, homecoming and various school functions, holiday arrangements, landscaping, greenhouses, arboretum, aquaponics system…to name a few)


What advice would you give student who have completed your program?

“Never give up, do something you love or your passionate about and stay in touch.”

How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“I have been with CPAVTS for 20 years.”


What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I have a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State, in Agricultural Education. I worked as a florist at Plasterer’s Florist in Chambersburg, PA.”


February 2019- Rotary Students of the Month

som- feb. 2019

Melissa Pasquel, a student in the Early Childhood Education program from Mechanicsburg High School, is a member of FCCLA (CPAVTS), Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society (Mechanicsburg) and a Cooperative Education student. Outside of school she participates in a Christians in Action Youth Group, is a Worship Leader and works in her church nursery. She was awarded as Student of the Quarter and has made Honor Roll. After graduation she hopes to attend Toccoa Falls College to further her studies in Early Childhood Education.

Cameron Dick is a Northern York High School student in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Program. He is on the baseball team at Northern and currently employed by E and G in Carlisle. He is an Honor Roll student, as well as being named Student of the Quarter. He plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to study Building Automation after graduation.

Aniika Craddock is an Automotive Technology students from Cumberland Valley High School. She participates in various activities and clubs, such as National Technical Honor Society (CPAVTS), Ski Club and Snowboard Club (CV), as well as the Cooperative Education program, employed at Faulkner Subaru. She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her hours at the Hershey Story Museum. She has been recognized as an Honor Roll student as well as making Student of the Quarter. She plans to attend HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College) to study Dental Hygiene.