Triplett Tech students Blake Dysart, left, Zachary Neel, right, sign agreements to work for Beckstrom Electric during a signing day on Wednesday. Also shown are Beckstrom employees Tom Forman, second from left, and Tony Gentry, third from left.

The first-ever Triplett Tech Signing Day on Wednesday saw 21 of its students signing agreements for employment in their field or continuing their education.

It was part of a nationwide signing day for schools with technical skills programs that was hosted by SkillsUSA and Klein Tools.

The Triplett Tech students sat at signing tables with a representative of their soon-to-be employer or college.

“It’s an awesome day. To think that many students have made that decision to continue their schooling or begin their careers is a big tribute to Triplett Tech,” said Principal Connie Pangle.

Taking part in the signing day were electricity program students Blake Dysart, 18, who will be participating in the national SkillsUSA competition next month in Kentucky after placing first in industrial motor control, and Zachary Neel, 19. The teens were sitting at a table with Tom Foreman and Tony Gentry, both of Beckstrom Electric, which is based in Purcellville, waiting for the signing ceremony.

“I am excited. I worked with them last year,” Neel said about signing with Beckstrom Electric.

Foreman said the students’ first two years with the company will be considered an apprenticeship.

Triplett Tech’s culinary arts program had five students at the signing. Culinary arts instructor A. Paje Cross said she is proud of all her students and of being a teacher.

“It is all about what they want to do. I want to be there to help them get where they want to go, whether it’s going into work or continuing school. If it’s culinary, that’s wonderful but if it’s not, that’s OK. It’s about helping them find who they want to be,” Cross said.

Other students participating in signing day were:

• Culinary arts program students Kamryn Custer, who was awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the Basye/Boyce Lions Club, Jake Gaete, Celina Reynoso and Angel Viniegra-Quintanilla. They will be studying at Johnson and Wales University. Also, Jordyn Williford, who will work for Valley Health Food Service.

• Nurse aide program students Faith Kurpil, who will work for Skyline Terrace Nursing Home, and Kristin Miller and Emily Rexrode, who will work for the Life Care Center of New Market.

• Cosmetology students Madison Shell and Sabyna Emswiler, who will work for the Hair Cuttery, and Sarah Flynn, who will work for the A New You Salon.

• Electrical program students Devin Miller, who will work for Miller’s Electrical Service, and Daniel Dellinger, who will work for Trumbo Electric, and Dayne Schlentner, who will work for the IBEW Local 26 Union.

• Auto body program students Dwight Haslacker, who will attend the Ohio Technical College, and Andrews Soto Reyes, who will work for Carstar.

• Auto technology student Nathan King, who will work for Shenandoah GMC.

• Masonry and auto body program student Reice Kabler, who will work for Rockingham Steel.

• Carpentry program student Wesley Rogers will go to work for the IBEW Local 25 Union.

– Contact Melissa Topey at

Contact Melissa Topey at