High School Student of the Month
Tri County Tech student, Samantha Guernsey, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s High School Student of the Month for October. Guernsey, a Bartlesville High School senior, is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts program and will graduate from TCT in May 2022.
Guernsey said the reason she chose TCT is that she would be able to experience a college-like setting while doing something she enjoys and earning a certification at the same time.
“My favorite part about Culinary Arts is that we have a lot of creative leniencies,” Guernsey said. “Even though we are all working on similar things, they will all have different variations.”
In addition to being a member of the Culinary Arts program, Guernsey remains active. She participates in SkillsUSA, is a section leader in band, leadership, Interact club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, has an internship with a local vet office, and will graduate with honors from her high school.
“Sam is a very engaged student who has shined in this program from day one,” said Tara Burkhead, TCT Culinary Arts instructor. As a second-year student, she has patiently helped to mentor first year students when we are in the lab. Sam is definitely an original and driven young woman. I can’t wait to watch her grow!”
Upon graduation, Guernsey would like to attend Oklahoma State University majoring in Animal Science with a pre-vet option.
Adult Student of the Month
Tri County Tech student, Stacia Letterman, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s Adult Student of the Month for October. Letterman, a Bartlesville resident, is currently enrolled in the Licenced Practical Nursing program at TCT and will graduate from TCT in May 2022.
“My favorite part of the LPN program is learning all of the skills,” Letterman said. “Then, being able to apply those skills in a clinical setting is great.”
Letterman said she has had a lifelong goal of becoming a nurse.
“I worked with children who had severe and profound special needs,” Letterman said. “Working with them provoked my love for wanting to care for and help people.”
In addition to being a member of the LPN program, Letterman is also a member of HOSA, participates in events through Bartlesville First Baptist Church, is a trainer for Chick-fil-A, and recently obtained her Certified Nurse Aide certification.
“Stacia has been such a committed student in the program,” said Kristina Burchett, TCT Practical Nursing Instructor. “She goes above and beyond in learning the content, completing her work, and helping her peers out. She has been a mentor and tutor to classmates, and others have started seeking her out when struggling.”
Upon graduation, Letterman would like to secure a job in either a home health care, school, or hospice care setting. Eventually, she would like to continue her education towards becoming a Registered Nurse.Back to top