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42 WAHS school-to-work students recognized at appreciation breakfast

Forty-two students involved in Williamsport Area High School’s School-to-Work Program were honored during its annual Community Partners Appreciation Breakfast Wednesday morning at the high school according to a news release.

In partnership with local employers, the program places students in job positions around the community. The goal of the workforce development program is to cultivate and put into practice the skills needed for job and career obtainment and retention beyond high school.

Not only were the students recognized for successfully completing the program but their employers also were recognized in kind.

Eighteen of the program participants this year were seniors, each of whom received a certificate honoring their accomplishments:

• Zaniyah Brown

• Karmalilith Burk

• Caitlynne Decker

• Crystal Gonzalez

• Tyler Grubb

• Kaydence Helm

• Ahmad Ibn-Johnson

• Anthony “Shea” Mileto

• Saminah Muhammadali

• Taisaan Mutchler-Smith

• Breanna Paulhamus

• Kolby Penton

• Charlie Pfirman

• Ryan Poust

• Nathan Steele

• Benjamin Stenson

• Shymira Thomas

• Heavyn Trutt

In addition, 24 underclassmen also were recognized:

• Joseph Bacon

• VonScott Barger

• Jaeden Braman

• Diontay Burney

• Alyia Carpenter

• Semaja Drummond

• Nevaeh Dunkleberger

• Bryce Faivre

• Nasaiha Garcia-Lopez

• Bryson Getgen

• Isaac Guthrie

• Josiah Helm

• Brian Jacobs

• Hafiz Lark-Jordan

• Zaira Mays

• Devan Olgesby-Shaffer

• Zaiden Rucker

• John Tallman

• Logan Thomas

• Kyrah Turner

• Zavier Walker-Stoner

• Jacob Wiley

• Desmond Williams

• Tashae Williamson

Program standout, senior Shymira Thomas, spoke about the meaningful experiences the program provided according to the release. Head Principal Brandon Pardoe, School-to-Work Program Coordinator Susan McGehean and Secondary Special Education Supervisor Amy Wolfhope-Briggs offered words of wisdom and encouragement to the group.

This year’s program partners were: Alabaster Coffee, Brass Alignment, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin, Goodwill Industries of Williamsport, KFC, Lycoming Auto, McDonald’s (Lycoming Creek Road), Pennsylvania Office of Rehabilitation, Student Transportation of America, Taco Bell, Verizon Credit Union, Wendy’s, WASD and YMCA Child Care.

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