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Hart district recognizes vocational students

Posted: April 16, 2009 9:17 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Ava Bardsley, center, is announced Outstanding ROP Student of the Year as she stands with Outstanding Student gold medal winners, from left, Phillip Suarez, Thomas Beckett, Elliot Adair, Carol Chavez, and Anthony Trejo at the Road Of Prosparity, ROP Student Award program at Rio Norte Junior High on Tuesday.

Hart High School senior Ava Bardsley was named the Outstanding Student of the Year by the William S. Hart Union High School District’s Regional Occupational Program during Tuesday’s ROP Advisory Committee Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, which drew hundreds of students, parents and business and community leaders who serve on the ROP Advisory Committee.

Bardsley was nominated for the award by chef Louis Equaras, her teacher in the ROP Advanced Culinary Arts class.

“Every task or recipe I have given Ava has been completed with excellence and she adds into the recipe her own touch,” Equaras said in his nomination. “Ava is a team player, a great leader and an extremely talented culinarian. I am proud to have her in my class.”

Bardsley competed in the Johnson & Wales University Chef of the Year competition in Miami, Fla. earlier this month. She was one of 10 students selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide.

She is among 18 students who received gold, silver and bronze medals at the awards dinner. Nearly 90 students were nominated by their ROP teachers for the honor. The medals were awarded in six career clusters. Gold medalists will represent the Hart District ROP in Olympic Chapter competition later this spring.

The gold medalists are
  • Elliot Adair, Silk Screen Printing
  • Thomas Beckett, Virtual Enterprise
  • Carol Chavez, Dental Assistant
  • Phillip Suarez, Fire Academy
  • Anthony Trejo, Plumbing
  • Ava Bardsley, who also was a silver medalist in last year’s ROP awards program.
The silver medalists are:
  • Joseph Corona, Plumbing
  • Jenifer Foote, Dental Assistant
  • Samantha Rosas, Floristry
  • Angeles Salcido, Retail Operations
  • Ashley Valenzuela-Hughes, Law Academy
  • Alexandra Vatchkova, Graphic Arts/Offset Lithography
The bronze medalists are:
  • Nicholas Bowling, Computer Assisted Drafting
  • Deborah Burch, Pharmacy Assistant
  • Ariel Hanie, Emergency Medical Responder
  • Shannon Kane, Advanced Culinary Arts
  • Treavor Sellnow, Entertainment/Performance Occupations
  • Daniel Storey, Exploring Engineering Technology
Along with the award ceremony, the ROP entertainment class provided a choreographed number based on the theme, “ROP — Road Of Prosperity,” singing and dancing to historic road-trip songs.


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