Class of 2002
How did you use your WHS Alumni Scholarship?
I proudly took my WHS Alumni Scholarship to Baldwin-Wallace College (now University) where I graduated with a double major in Business Administration and Psychology, while also cheering for four years for the football and basketball team and an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority.
What has your schooling done for your career?
I was able to pursue my high school dream of working with the professional sports teams of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake Erie Monsters and then the Cleveland Browns.
After a few years, I decided to enroll at Walsh University into their Counseling and Human Development Masters program. Through Walsh, I had the pleasure of returning to Washington High School to serve as the coordinator of the DREAM College and Career Readiness program. After receiving my Masters in 2010, I worked as a school counselor for four years before finding my niche in Career Technical Education as the Career Pathways Coordinator for the Canton City Schools.
In 2018, I received my principal’s licensure from Cleveland State University and now direct the Adult Career and Technical Education program for the Canton City Schools where I am blessed to help students from all over the area earn industry credentials in the fields of practical nursing, medical assisting, medical insurance billing and coding, automotive service, EMT and STNA.
What keeps you busy outside your career?
I am attending the Leadership Stark County Program to gain community awareness, develop leadership skills, and interact with others with similar mind-set and goals. I also serve on the WHSAA Scholarship and Distinguished Citizens Committees, sing with the “Sing Stark Chorus”, volunteer at the Pro-Football Hall of Fame and of course, spend time with family and friends.
What made you want to establish roots in Massillon?
There is something about Massillon that is literally “in my bones”. When I hear the calliope outside the stadium, see the orange flags lining Lincoln Way downtown, getting to visit with my classmates and their families at local restaurants…it just feels right.
What is your favorite memory from being a “Tiger”?
I am a Tiger for life, although, yes, I am now also a “Bulldog”. I cherish from high school days mostly the simple times shared with my friends such as the hours cheering at the Ducky Schroeder baseball stadium, late night drinking Welch’s grape pop and eating pizza with them in my parents basement, cramming into cars decked out in decorations for the “Massillon Beat McKinley“ parade, family house parties after the swim meets, and going to area nursing homes to sing for the residents show tunes from choir and especially “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”. These are my Massillon memories that me tear up with emotion as I reflect on them. Some of the best times of my life! T I G!
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Washington High School alumni established a scholarship fund in 1986 to aid deserving seniors who desired to continue their education and accomplish goals they had set for themselves. The awards are given to students that have excelled in academics and have contributed to their school community. These awards provide incentives for students and reinforce the value of academic achievement.