Triplett Tech to graduate 144 students

By Ryan Cornell

When 144 students in Triplett Tech’s graduating class advance to the next chapter of their lives this summer, so will a few of the educators who have become mainstays at the Mount Jackson vocational school.

Principal Barry Arey, who has served on Triplett Tech’s administration for the past four decades, has announced his retirement. So has Larry Ambrose, teacher of the school’s automotive tech program for more than 20 years.

Triplett Tech’s graduation ceremony will be held at Stonewall Jackson High School’s new gym at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Jania Fravel, secretary in charge of attendance at Triplett Tech, said students in each of the school’s 12 programs will receive their diplomas, and many will receive scholarships.

The school doesn’t select a valedictorian, though there are three Shenandoah Scholars chosen based on academic achievement, character, leadership and community service: Cody Fitchett, Adam Selby and David Snarr.

Fravel said this year’s class of graduates includes three students headed to the national competition in Kansas City this month, a 100 percent pass rate on the state cosmetology board by students in the cosmetology program and the first group of students to graduate from the school’s new Certified Nurse’s Assistant program.

Students in the carpentry, electricity and masonry programs also completed building a house that’s been under construction since the fall of 2011 and will be sold “in the near future,” she added.

Students in the 12 vocational programs graduating on Thursday include: two students in carpentry, five in masonry, 10 in collision repair, 10 in cosmetology, 10 in computer networking, 11 in computer animation and design, 11 in electricity, 13 in auto technology, 13 in certified nurse’s assistant, 16 in culinary arts, 18 in criminal justice and 25 in health care.

“That’s a fairly new program, too,” Fravel said about the large group of health care students. “We only had that for maybe four or five years now, and that’s a big class. A lot of students take that here and go into the nursing field. That and criminal justice are dual-enrolled with Lord Fairfax, so they not only earn high school credits, but also college credits.”

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