Students of the Month

High School Student of the Month

Tri County Tech student, Elise Ward, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s High School Student of the Month for February. Ward, a Bartlesville High School senior, is currently enrolled in the Pre Engineering program and will graduate May 2020.

“I really love that we do a variety of projects in Pre-Engineering,” Ward said. “They are very immersive and you can play around with them a lot.”

Ward said she has always been interested in engineering as a career, considering both of her parents are engineers. Even at an early age, she wrote in her journals that she would like to pursue a career in the field of aerospace engineering.

In addition to the Pre Engineering program, Ward is involved at both her high school and in her community. She is a member of the FIRST robotics team and TSA. Additionally, she tutors students in math and science. Prior to moving to Oklahoma, she was a member of the Kern County Honor Choir in California.

“Ward is a very motivated learner,” said Kendall Baker, Pre Engineering Instructor at TCT. “She is always willing to help other students when they need help. She is someone I know I can put on a project and not worry about her or watch over every second of the way.”

Upon graduation, Ward plans to attend Oklahoma State University and obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, and would ideally like to work for NASA, SpaceX or Boeing.

Adult Student of the Month

Tri County Tech student, Elizabeth Rees, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s Adult Student of the Month for February. Rees, a Copan resident, is currently enrolled in the Practical Nursing program and plans to graduate in December 2020.

“My favorite part about the LPN program so far is the instructors,” Rees said. “They have been so helpful in answering questions that I have, and they are always available to assist me.”

Rees said she enjoys the medical field because it is always changing. She said being able to provide care for someone is something she values, and she enjoys the fast pace scene of working on a medical floor.

In addition to the Practical Nursing program, Rees has been active within her community. She is a co-teacher with her dad for second and third grade Sunday school at her church and is also a Nursing Assistant at Jane Phillips Medical Center. She said she loves to interact with children at the hospital.

“Rees has been very helpful to her classmates,” said Melissa Lovrich, Tri County Tech Practical Nursing Instructor. “She is a good student and has been open in sharing her past experiences to guide or motivate her classmates.”

Upon graduating from Tri County Tech, Rees would like to work in a clinic and pursue her Bachelor’s degree. Once she has obtained her degree, she would like to join the Med Surge floor and then transition to cardiac.

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