Students in Paul Zakaria's Project Lead the Way: Intro to Engineering classes recently completed several projects, including creating a marble bridge using only a few sheets of paper, tape, and a folder. Check out the fun pictures below of how awesome & creative these students are!

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Last week the Warsaw FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week with plenty of awesome activities around the school and community. Each school day had it's own theme wear & event planned for students to participate in.  Tuesday was FFA apparel day with a guest speaker from Huntington University presenting to each Agriculture class. They also hosted a taco Tuesday lunch for members to partake in. Wednesday was American apparel day with pizza for lunch and Minute-to-Win-It games after school. Thursday was Hawaiian apparel day with a Just Dance party after school. On Friday, the FFA members hosted the annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast and wore Official FFA Dress all day. Indiana FFA State Officer, Wyatt Law, also paid a visit to WCHS/WACC on Friday. The students were able to tour Depuy Synthes and learn about joint reconstruction & replacements, as well. Be sure to check out all the fun they had with the pictures below! 

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Hi! I am Kelley Ross and I am a Business, Marketing, Information, & Technology Education Teacher & the Internship Coordinator here in the WACC. I earned my Undergraduate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and my Master's Degree from Ball State University.

I've been married to my husband, Bob for 25 years this July. We have two daughters, Marissa- 23 years old and Emma- 18 years old (they are the joy of my life!), and the newest love in my life is my Mini Golden Doodle puppy, Lola. I also enjoy spending time with my family & friends - playing cards, trying new restaurants or traveling. I also love to read - especially if I'm on a beach somewhere tropical!

I teach Marketing & Advanced Strategic Marketing (both dual credit) & Work-Based Learning Internship - I love them both!! I do love getting to go and meet business people in all sectors while visiting my interns.

An interesting fact about me: my husband and I met on a blind date - yes, some blind dates do turn out well! I never wanted to be a teacher -EVER! I came from a family of educators and I wasn't going to be one of them. I earned my Bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing and worked in the business world for a number of years. That teacher calling was always in the back of my head so I eventually listened to it and I went back and earned my teaching degree and my Masters in Business Education - lesson learned 'Never say never!'

Thanks, Kelley, for allowing us to feature you on the blog today. We are very thankful to have you here at the WACC! 

(Kelley is pictured above with her family.) 
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Karen Coates, RN BSN, currently teaches Medical Terminology here in the WACC. She attended the University of Maryland. She is married & has two daughters, ages 17 & 24. 

In her own words, Karen says:
After high school, I landed a great job in an insurance company while attending college classes in the evening. After several years of feeling unfulfilled, I decided to explore health care. The first class I took was medical terminology. After becoming interested in health care, I became a nurse. I was fortunate enough to train at and work with physicians from Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland. I have worked in units such as medical-surgical, telemetry, post-op, IV therapy and the Intensive Care Unit. The ICU was my favorite because it allowed more autonomy and the utilization of more skills and knowledge. I became a certified nurse in ICU and ACLS certified which requires more education. Being ACLS certified allowed me the opportunity to be a part of the rapid response team. At this time in my life, I am grateful to be an instructor at WACC. This opportunity allows me to take what I have learned and experienced and share it with students who have expressed an interest in healthcare.

Thanks so much, Karen, for allowing us to feature you on the blog today. We are so thankful to have you here in the WACC! 

(Karen is pictured above with her oldest daughter.)
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Lucas Rhodes is a senior here at WCHS/WACC. He has taken many WACC classes, including Business Law & Ethics, Digital Applications, Principles of Business Management, Personal Financial Responsibility, Web Design I, PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science, & Preparing for College & Careers. 

He recently earned 1st place in the state of Indiana as a Microsoft Office Specialist. Last fall when he took the Digital Applications class, he earned his Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Word 2016 through Certiport. He was automatically entered into their contest for the 2017 MOS US National Championship Fall Qualifier and finished first! He will move on and compete in Atlanta, Georgia later this spring. 

Congrats, Lucas! We are so proud of you. Thanks for letting us feature you on the blog today!

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