Lake Career and Technical Center (LCTC) hosted its Student of the Month luncheon on Dec. 12 to honor their October and November students.

Lake Career and Technical Center (LCTC) hosted its Student of the Month luncheon on Dec. 12 to honor their October and November students. Keely Wersching and Nate Angel were the two October recipients, and Chance Bennett and Josh Lowe were the two November recipients.  

Keely Wersching, a junior at School of the Osage and Culinary Arts student was nominated by Mrs. Mallahan the Culinary Arts instructor.  Mrs. Mallahan stated, “Keely is a new student in our upper level culinary arts class this year.  Without benefit of any of the preceding culinary arts classes, Keely without hesitation has jumped in to learn what is required to work in the kitchen. Keely is pleasant, kind and consistently demonstrates a humble, teachable attitude.   Her quiet enthusiasm, perfect attendance, and personal integrity make her an asset in the classroom and kitchen.”  Keely has been involved with several school activities including the Theatre Program, Varsity member of Forensics, DECA, Dude Be Nice, Interact, and National Honor Society.  She is a member of the Osage Hills Youth and participated in the Race for Honor and the Alzheimer’s Walk.  As a junior, she has already received an award for perfect attendance and a science award.  At this time, Keely plans on pursuing culinary after graduation.  Keely is the daughter of Michael and Amanda Wersching.

Nate Angel, a senior at Camdenton High School and a Computer Networking student was nominated by Mr. Cramer, the Computer Integration instructor.  Mr. Cramer said this about Nate, “Nate Angel has been a student of mine for three years.  During this time, I have had the chance to get to know him pretty well.  No matter what Nate has going on in his life, he just keeps his head down, works hard, and does well.  He has received both certifications offered in my program and has kept his GPA high despite working around 30 hours per week at Dierbergs.   Nate was able to work as my assistant in class for the first few months of school but is now working in LCTC’s first official registered apprenticeship program for my computer integration students.  He is currently getting paid and receiving on the job training working for the Camdenton R-III school district Information Technology department.  Everyone that has had the chance to work with Nate in school or at work can see that he is a hard worker and will get the job done.  I don’t worry about Nate’s future because I know that he will be successful.  I look forward to following his I.T. career and seeing him earn the success he deserves.”  Besides the accomplishments that Mr. Cramer already mentioned about Nate, Nate has had perfect attendance for two years and served as an A+ tutor.  Nate’s plans are to be an IT Generalist.

Chance Bennet, a senior at Camdenton High School and Law Enforcement student was nominated by Mr. Edgar the Law Enforcement instructor.  Mr. Edgar stated, “Chance should be November Student of the Month for many reasons. Not only is he extremely devoted to the Law Enforcement program (having taken it all four years of high school), but he is extremely devoted to doing it well and assisting the students around him. During the summer, he attended the Highway Patrol Youth Academy and now teaches everything he learned to other students. He makes his peers’ grades a priority over his own, taking the extra time to make sure they understand the classwork. Chance is an excellent teacher and uses his skills to exceed expectations at competitions. On November 7th, 2018, he was awarded the Scout Award for his devotion to truth and justice over the other 800 students involved in The Constitution Project. Chance Bennett has met the standards of graduated police officers, and there is no doubt in my mind he will continue to be successful in this field after graduation.”  Chance has been involved with several school activities including the A+ program, SkillsUSA, and the Constitution Project.  He has served in the following leadership roles: Sgt. in Law Enforcement/CSI, MSHP Youth Academy, and state competition group projects.  He has done ride- alongs helping local law enforcement agencies and has been involved with Young Life Helping Others and C.O.P.S.  He has received several honors – the Scout Award from Camdenton police department, MSHP Youth Academy honor, C.O.P.S. honor, Lake Ozark and Linn Creek police department honors.  Besides all of this, Chance works at Haggar after school and does other side jobs.  Upon graduation from high school, Chance will attend State Fair Community College for two years and then transfer to MSU to become a homicide detective.  Chance is the son of Joseph Bennett and Jessica Moore.

Josh Lowe, a senior at Camdenton High School and Collision Repair and English 12 student at LCTC was nominated by his two LCTC instructors, Mr. Briscoe the Collision Repair instructor and Mrs. Marose the English teacher.  Mr. Briscoe stated, “Josh has been with me for 3 years and has always been a pleasure to work with.  He has always had a huge interest in the collision repair industry and is now working as an apprentice at Hi-Tech Collision Repair. Josh has a great work ethic; in fact, I'm not sure when he sleeps.  I have talked to his employer, and they think as highly of him as I do. Josh is a good example of our program's success and will be a great representative for LCTC.”  Mrs. Marose stated, “Josh is a dedicated student who takes initiative in the classroom. He collaborates well with his peers, consistently meets deadlines, and takes ownership of his learning goals. Josh balances school and work responsibilities while maintaining a positive attitude. Josh is an asset to the culture of the classroom.”  Josh is a member of Skills USA, has served as shop manager in his collision class and has volunteered his time at the LCTC car show.  He has been involved with Younglife, a community organization, and works at High Tech after school.  Josh wants to continue expanding his knowledge and skills in collision repair upon graduating from high school.  Josh is the son of Josh and Gayle Lowe.

Osage Community Elks Lodge 2705 sponsors the Student of the Month award.