Indian Trails Career Cooperative holds awards banquet
Monday, 15 May 2017 14:49

MONTICELLO - Area business partners were recognized with awards recently at the annual Indian Trails Awards Banquet.

Jim Stradling, director of Indian Trails Career Cooperative, said, “Business partners are a vital link to career and technical education students in area high schools. Business partners provide a variety of opportunities such as work based learning experiences, tours, donations, technical assistance and advice.”

Awards were presented as follows:


2016-17 Business Partners of the Year

Carroll: Myers Spring-Jim Parsons, Tony Blades & Todd Miller nominated by Tyler Sausaman

Delphi: Ricoh-Dennis Kiefer nominated by Leslie Pickering

Frontier: Custom Select Catering-Janelle Kennedy nominated by Melissa Culver-Pekny

Kankakee Valley: Jasper County Farm Bureau-Daryl King Nominated by Jennifer Fase

North Newton: Mel’s Downtown-Mel Novack nominated by Barb Blasco

North White: BioTownAg-Brian Furrer nominated by David Addison

Rensselaer Central Franciscan Health-Brandi Murray & Carlos Vasquez nominated by Brenda Mattocks

South Newton: Newton County Purdue Extension-Danielle Sands nominated by Darrell Allen

Tri-County: Remington Farms-Quinten Overbeck nominated by Travis Scherer

Twin Lakes: Scoreboard-Susan Manahan nominated by Scott Billings

West Central: Parkview Haven Retirement Community-Sharon Rigg nominated by Jennifer Johns


West Central High School principal Pat Culp with Sharron Riggs of Parkview Haven Retirement Community, nominated by Jennifer Johns
West Central High School principal Pat Culp with honored teachers Jennifer Johns, Stephanie Thilges, Tyler DeMoss and Joanne Stevens.

Teacher of the Year

Kim Rosenbaum, welding teacher at Twin Lakes High School is the teacher of the year from the 11 schools that comprise Indian Trails.


Counselor of the Year

Dana Kirkwood, from Delph High School is the counselor of the year.


Fifty-four teachers were recognized as the outstanding teachers in career and technical education. The teachers are instrumental in providing high school students opportunities to earn college credit as part of dual credit agreements with IVY Tech, Vincennes University and other post-secondary institutions. Teachers implemented industry certifications whereby students can earn certifications for Microsoft A+, American Welding Society, Automotive Service Excellence, and licenses from the state of Indiana as Certified Nursing Assistants and more.

Teachers are also active as advisors to career and technical student organizations such as Future Farmers of America, Business Professionals of America, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and many more. Indian Trails is proud that many of our students have competed at local, regional, state and national levels.


Outstanding Career and Technical Education Teachers

Carroll - Cindy Rinke,Tyler Sausaman

Delphi - Judi Brummett,Jodi Dennison, Chico Hatke, Joan Kahl

Frontier - Melissa Culver-Pekny, Katie Pitts, Laura Rogers

Kankakee Valley - Traci Blanco, Steve Ganzeveld, David Hass, Lauri Holcomb, Meredith Hudecek, Steve Inman, Jeff Moolenaar, Greg Pulido, Ryan Standish, Christine Woods

North Newton - Barb Blasco, LeeAnn Eckhoff, Lisa Kazmierski

North White - Myrtle Collins, Kerri Lear

Rensselaer - Walter Brown, Sean Cawby,Dan Glotzbach, Michael Goad, Mark Heining, Brenda Mattocks, Ron Wamsley

South Newton - Bob Hays, Cheryl Link, Chris Moss, Angie Rhoads

Tri-County - Darla Harrington, Lou Salvadore, Travis Scherer, Ashley Steuer

Twin Lakes - Barb Alletto, Laura Bernfield, Scott Billings, Barbara Broedel, Emily Graham, Kyle Marsh, Scot McAtee, Becky O’Farrell, Kim Rosenbaum, Terri Roska

West Central - Bill Amsler, Tyler DeMoss Jennifer Johns, Joanne Stevens, Stephanie Thilges

Stradling concluded, “It has been a great year for Indian Trails. Our enrollment in CTE courses increased by over 400 students. Our students are earning college dual credits, industry certifications, and licenses. What a benefit to our students who can put all three things on a resume.”