Student of the Month | October 2020

High School Student of the Month

Tri County Tech student, Mattie Wright, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s High School Student of the Month for October. Wright, a Nowata High School senior, is currently enrolled in the Medicine & Biosciences program at TCT and will graduate in May 2021.

“I chose the Medicine & Biosciences program because I loved how it was set up,” Wright said. “I loved how the class worked, how the instructors taught, and how most of it was hands-on. I really liked the microbiology and chemistry part of the class, too.”

Wright said that her first interest in microbiology and chemistry was because of TCT. She said that originally she thought she wanted to be a dentist, or maybe even an optometrist, but because of the Medicine & Biosciences program, she found her love for chemistry.

“Mattie embodies kindness, respectfulness, positivity, and hard work,” said Ashley Davis, TCT Medicine & Biosciences Instructor. “She is too humble to brag about herself. She has been active at both TCT and her high school.”

In addition to the Medicine & Biosciences program, Wright is involved in various school and community activities. Wright has been the HOSA president for her class at TCT the past two years, she is the drum major for her high school band, and has received superior ratings for her clarinet solo each year of high school. Wright also volunteers within her church, tutors students, and crochets portable sleeping mats for homeless foundations.

Upon graduation, Wright would like to attend college and pursue a degree in biochemistry, with her focus being the particles that make up larger pieces of matter.

Adult Student of the Month

Tri County Tech student, Shoshanna Day, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s Adult Student of the Month for October. Day, an Altamont, Kansas resident, is currently enrolled in the Cosmetology program and will graduate in December 2021.

“My favorite part about the Cosmetology program is doing nails,” Day said. “I have always loved doing my own nails, at home. I really love manicures, pedicures, and nail art.”

Day said the Cosmetology program was an easy choice. She said she was able to tour TCT the evening her brother graduated from TCT’s Culinary Arts program. She was able to meet the instructors and knew this was the right program for her.

“Shoshanna’s caring heart for people is the quality that stands out to me,” said Lisa Meyer, Tri County Tech Cosmetology Instructor. “I have watched students’ faces glow after having just a quick conversation with Shoshanna. With these qualities, I know without a doubt that Shoshanna will be successful in the cosmetology industry.”

In addition to the Cosmetology program, Day remains active in her home life, and community. Day assists TCT’s Osage Market in the evenings, she also is a waitress at a local restaurant in Kansas. Day volunteers at her church with childcare and janitorial duties, she volunteers to assist the elderly within her community and volunteers at her local hospital with PPE emergency relief sewing efforts. Day is also a member of SkillsUSA, and she is a Kansas representative alumni for TeenPact Leadership Schools. She also loves to play the piano.

Upon graduation, Day plans to become a certified cosmetologist in Kansas. She would also like to continue her education in aromatherapy while working in a local salon. She also has an interest in taking online classes for her acupuncture certification.

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