BRATTLEBORO >> Sarah Forrett, a senior from Dummerston, has been named the Windham Regional Career Center's February Student of the Month. She was recommended for this honor by her two business teachers at the Career Center, Barb Vinci and Maribeth Cornell.
Sarah is the current president of the school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Her business teachers shared that Sarah stepped into that role and brought a very strong and dedicated team forward this year, resulting in her team being named the most outstanding chapter of the year for the state of Vermont.
"Sarah's attention to detail and her commitment to the team put our chapter in front of every other chapter in the state," said Vinci. "She is a very motivated student and one who epitomizes the qualities that we look for in our business students."
It should be noted that Sarah placed first in the state competition in both accounting and business ethics; third place in business communications; and fourth place in help desk.
For her part, Sarah has been appreciative of the opportunities she's been provided through her association with the Career Center. She feels that her business courses have taught her real life skills that she'll rely on both in her personal life and in her future career. She shared, too, that her FBLA experience has been very positive, teaching her quite a bit about leadership and teamwork.
"I've worked with seven different officers this year and so have learned to work with different kinds of people and the different approaches one needs to take in order to be successful. Both my coursework in the business department at the Career Center and my involvement with FBLA have helped me to decide my future path and I am very grateful for all that Ms. Cornell and Ms. Vinci have taught me."
Sarah will be attending Southern New Hampshire University in the fall, with a major in Business Administration. She hopes to return to this area after college to pursue her career, whatever that may end up being.
Manny Vargas was named the Career Center's March Student of the Month.
Manny is a junior who resides in Brattleboro. He was nominated for this honor by his Culinary Arts instructor, Chef Carl Warner.
"Manny is the first to enter the kitchen every day," said Warner. "He has accumulated a lot of skills by doing a new project daily. He works well with teachers and with his fellow students. He carefully seasons his food and he has shown a real concern about making good, quality meals."
Manny said that he's really enjoyed his culinary courses at the Career Center.
"They're really fun. I get to make food and hang out with my friends at the same time. I get to work with a lot of different types of food that I normally wouldn't have at home, like barbecue ribs one day and the Thai food lunch that we recently prepared."
Manny plans to attend college after graduation from high school, but isn't sure yet whether he'll focus on culinary arts as a major, since he really hasn't settled on a career path just yet. He is hoping to play college football, though. He played both offensive and defensive tackle for Brattleboro Union High School's varsity football team this year.
The Windham Regional Career Center provides technical and career training for students from the following high schools: Brattleboro, Leland and Gray, Twin Valley, Bellows Falls, and Hinsdale N.H.
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