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The Washington County Career Center honors its students of the month for November, Kirsten Kroft and Andrew Smith.

Kirsten Kroft is a senior Marietta in the Cosmetology program. She is the daughter of Ben and Nancy Kroft from Marietta.

At the Career Center, Kroft is a member of the SkillsUSA youth organization, the Students Solving Problems club, the Student Leader program, and serves as vice president of its technical program. As a student ambassador, she is responsible for liaising between the Career Center and Marietta High School.

Additionally, she builds leadership skills by promoting the Career Center during its recruitment process, as well as arranging tours and counseling at scheduled events and with inbound visitors.

Kroft received awards for the Honor Roll and the Merit Roll. At Marietta High School, she is active in athletics, is a manager for the basketball team and a student section leader for sporting events.

She has also participated in the HPAC and the Student Council. She attended the Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo as a Career Center representative in September.

Last summer, Kroft interned with Mr. Golden Scissors, in Marietta, to earn more technical program hours to pass his Ohio State Cosmetology license in January.

This will give him the opportunity to work under the Early Placement program, which allows qualified seniors to earn salary and high school credits at the same time.

In the Cosmetology program, Kirsten receives technical guidance and learning skills for the fundamentals of hair cutting and styling, the fundamentals and enhancements of the hands and feet, microbiology and infection control and the fundamentals and improvements in skin care.

School counselor Cindy Schwendeman commented: “Kirsten is always helpful and considerate to other students and staff. She will do whatever you ask her to do without asking any questions. If you want someone to brighten up your day, talk to Kirsten! “

Kirsten is employed at Baker & Baker Jewelers, in Marietta, as a sales associate.

After graduation, she plans to attend Muskingum College or Marietta College to earn a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She was accepted into both colleges to participate in athletics in the shot put and discus.

Andrew Smith is a Marietta senior enrolled in the Digital Marketing program. He is the son of Chris and Tisha Smith from Marietta.

At the Career Center, Smith is a member of the Young Business Professionals of America (BPA) organization, the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), the Student Leader Program, and serves as Parliamentarian for BPA and Vice President for its technical program.

He received awards for the Main List and the Honor Roll. At Marietta High School, he was active in the crew.

In his technical program, Smith has obtained or may obtain industry recognized credentials for Adobe Creative Cloud: DreamWeaver, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Premier Pro; Google AdWords; Google Analytics; Microsoft Office Specialist: OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word; and Rise Up – Retail: Operations and Profits, Customer Service and Sales, Retail Industry Fundamentals.

Andrew receives technical specialization and learning skills for business administration marketing, business fundamentals, digital marketing and management, and marketing principles.

Digital Marketing Trainer Lynette Snyder commented: “Andrew is an exceptional student and a talented artist. He volunteers to often take on additional responsibilities. As a junior, he worked hard to study and got 16 points in industry-recognized degrees, even though we had yet to take two of the in-class courses.

Andrew hosts his own YouTube show called Epic Studios where he films skits. He is also currently working on a video game, which will be operational soon.

After graduation, he plans to attend Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. To earn a bachelor’s degree in interactive design and gaming.

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