NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Eight members of the class of 2012 from Buckeye Career Center have received the High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) gives this award to high school seniors who have completed a challenging program of study and demonstrated readiness for employment and for college. Local award recipients are:

Charise R. Fultz, a Newcomerstown student in the Culinary Arts Program;

Nigel G. Hackenbracht, a Ridgewood student in the Computer Assisted Drafting Program;

Meghann M. Mullane, a Newcomerstown student in the Law Enforcement Program; and

Tracy A. Smith, a Newcomerstown student in the Law Enforcement Program.

"These students are to be commended for their efforts," said Tom Hackenbracht, principal of Buckeye Career Center. "They have taken challenging courses in high school and scored high on rigorous exams and, by doing so, they have increased their likelihood of success in the workplace and further education. The students completed the academic assessment and career technical questionnaire over a period of five days in January, requiring a large amount of focus on the task to do their best each day. This award places these students into a very selective group nationally."

Students qualify for the award by completing a college-preparatory course of study in at least three subject areas (English/language arts, mathematics, or science); completing a concentration in a career/technical area, and meeting college and career readiness goals in all three subject areas (reading, mathematics and science) of the HSTW academic assessment. Meeting the readiness goals means students are able to enter postsecondary studies without needing to take remedial courses.

The students will receive a personalized award certificate and a letter of congratulations from the Southern Regional Education Board.

The Southern Regional Education Board is a multi-state compact for education, founded in 1948. High Schools That Work, launched in 1987, is the largest high school improvement effort in the United States, with more than 1,100 school sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Buckeye Career Center has been an active member since 2001.

For information, contact Tom Hackenbracht, principal, Buckeye Career Center.