Students of the Month

High School Student of the Month

Tri County Tech Names Kiwanis Club March High School Student of the Month

Tri County Tech student Ronnie Veit was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s Student of the Month for March. Veit, a home-schooled high school senior, is currently enrolled in the Marketing Management program.

Veit began the Marketing Management program after seeing family succeed at Tri County. “Once I found out Tri County offered a Marketing program I knew it would be a great opportunity,” Veit said. He continues to hold his family’s tradition of success at Tri County through marketing competitions his class participates in. Just this year Veit brought home the 1st place prize for creative marketing at the DECA state competition. He will be traveling to Florida this spring to compete at the national level.

When Veit is not breaking a mental sweat in the Marketing Management Program, he is breaking a physical one. “One of my bigger accomplishments was finishing the Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon” Viet explained, “around the halfway point of the race I tore his meniscus, but I had to finish the last 12 miles or else his team would be disqualified.”

After graduation, Veit plans to continue working up the corporate ladder at QuikTrip, seizing opportunities as they come along. His sights are set for the end of his QT training program when he will be eligible for a managerial position. “I have no doubt Ronnie will be able to achieve this upcoming promotion and I see many more promotions in the future of this company,” said Carrie Miller, the Marketing Management Program Instructor.


Adult Student of the Month

Tri County Tech Names Kiwanis Club March Adult Student of the Month

Tri County Tech student Tania Cortes-Diaz was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s
Student of the Month for March. Cortes-Diaz, an adult student, is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program.

Cortes-Diaz first found her love of Culinary Arts when working as a waitress in a hotel. “I looked back in the kitchen and saw all they were doing and thought to myself, that looks like nice, looks like fun, I could do that!” She said. This is her second year in the program and it is the constant changing and creative aspect of the program that keeps her coming back.

Outside of Tri County’s Culinary Arts Program, Cortes-Diaz spends her time making art and creating things with her hands. If she is not drawing or painting, you can find Cortes-Diaz trying new techniques in the kitchen. “I really love the creativity,” Cortes-Diaz explained, “In culinary arts, things are always changing which gives a lot of opportunities to try new things”.

After graduation, Cortes-Diaz plans to continue her education in the culinary arts through a culinary college. In the meantime, she will continue to gain as much experience in the kitchen as possible while helping out other students. “Tania is a great mentor to the high school students, in the afternoon she floats from station to station helping first years,” said Tara Burkhead, the Culinary Arts Head Chef and Program Instructor.

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