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Junior Earns Spot in Culinary Nationals
Christine Gordillo

Congratulations to West Shore Career-Tech junior Culinary Arts student Sophia Kowalski, who has qualified for the 2023 FCCLA National Leadership Conference Baking and Pastry competition in Denver in July.


Sophia competed at the regional and state competitions and qualified for the nationals in April. She then scored in the top 30 in the country on the online American Culinary Federation/NOCTI baking exam, a new qualification requirement this year, and will compete against 30 students from around the country in Denver for culinary scholarship opportunities.

All competitors at the event, to be held July 1-6, will prepare the same recipes and will be judged on sanitation, production, presentation, time management, professionalism and most of all taste! 

Sophia has made us so proud already by continually meeting the next challenge, whatever it is and doing what she loves! We can't wait to see what she does next!

Health Careers Students Earn 100% Pass Rate
Christine Gordillo

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 juniors in the West Shore Career-Tech Health Careers program as all 15 passed the state exam and earned the industry credential of State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA)! Well done, Class of 2024 and teacher Jackie Smith!

Christine Gordillo

On April 3, The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River hosted the 25th annual West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Awards at their weekly luncheon. Fourteen recipients were honored for their dedication, leadership, and accomplishments in their career-technical programs.  

West Shore Career-Technical District Education Coordinator, William DiMascio, spoke highly of this year’s nominees, saying “Career-technical education students are the driving force of innovation and progress in our society. Being recognized as an outstanding student by Rotary is a testament to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence. We are so proud of these students and their accomplishments.”  

Each award recipient is automatically nominated for the “Career-Technical Student of the Year” award, which will be announced later in the school year at the annual Career Passport Assembly.

West Shore Career-Technical District encompasses Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake.  WSCT will serve 439 students in its workforce development programs in the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. 

The 2022-23 Outstanding Student Award recipients are: 

  • Automotive Technology: Avery Darroch
  • Business Management: Eric Barber
  • Community-Based Program, Gordon Food Service: Jayden Thompson
  • Community-Based Program, Wyndham: Hunter Tate
  • Construction Trades: Grant Ospelt
  • Culinary Arts: Christian Reyes
  • Early Childhood Education: Rebecca Frolo
  • Electronic Engineering Technology: Tyler DiLoreto
  • Health Careers: Say K-Pyu Moo
  • Media Art & Design: Muriel Bourn
  • Medical Office Management: Sophie Wilmot
  • Networking & Cybersecurity: Victor Cottrell
  • Engineering Technology: Project Lead the Way: Alexa Colburn
  • Sports & Exercise Science: Eli LaDue
  • Theatre Arts: Grace Lamparyk
award winners


Outstanding Student Award recipients are joined by Lakewood Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki, Rocky River Assistant Superintendent Liz Anderson, Rocky River High School Principal Rob Winton and Bay High School Principal Ramsey Inman.


Students' Art Chosen for Gov.'s Exhibit
Christine Gordillo

Congratulations to the five Lakewood High and West Shore Career-Tech students whose artwork was selected to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus. The work of Sophie Boyer (two pieces), Corey Johnson, Clare Morrissey, Mia Szymczyk and Lila Wright will hang in the exhibition at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus during April and May.

View pieces chosen for exhibit

Sophia, Clare and Lila are students of Dayna Hansen and Corey and Mia are in Anne McQuay’s Media Art & Design class in the West Shore Career-Tech District.

From the 8,069 regional entries, 1300 were selected to enter the state judging.

Judges received more than 8,000 entries from high school students across the state and from those the judges selected 348 pieces to be part of the exhibition.

In addition to the six pieces selected to be shown in Columbus, 26 other pieces of art by LHS and West Shore Career-Tech students were honored at the regional competition and moved on to state judging. The students who earned regional recognition are:  

Duniya Abukhalil
Kayla Baire
Sophie Boyer (4 pieces)
Eliza Dreger 
Turner Gilliland 
Grace Hildebrandt (4 pieces)
Corey Johnson 
Ella Kalinowski 
Rosie Lipka
Fiona Loudermilk 
Nicholas Mariani
Ethnee McKissick 
Clare Morrissey (4 pieces)
Bee Rohrs
Mia Szymczk 
Lila Wright (2 pieces)

The Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition, now in its 53rd year, is open to all of Ohio's high schools, both public and private. Its purpose is to provide all budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their talent, whether that be through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition.

Junior Qualifies for State Culinary Contest
Christine Gordillo

Congratulations to Sophia Kowalski, a junior in the West Shore Culinary Arts programs, for qualifying for the FCCLA State Competition in the Baking and Pastry Arts Event! Sophia, who earned a 98.5% at Regionals, is one of 13 students across the state of Ohio who will compete in the Baking and Pastry Arts category at the State level on April 22. Good luck at the state competition, Sophia!