CCTEC Announces September 2016 Students of the Month


Cumberland County Technical Education Center is pleased to announce its Students of the Month for September 2016: 9th-grader Karla Mejias, CCTEC’s first Freshman Student of the Month; sophomore Teghan Keeney, CCTEC’s STRIVE Student of the Month; and Sammie Lee Esquilin, Shared-Time Student of the Month.

Karla Mejias is an Allied Health student who aspires to be an OB/GYN. Her personal motto is “strive for the best.” In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing the piano.

“Karla shows empathy and compassion toward her peers, offering them extra assistance on assignments or accompanying them to the nurse,” said Amanda Mason, science teacher. “She never has to be asked to lend a hand.”

“Karla goes above and beyond to clean up the classroom and be helpful, even staying beyond the bell on a Friday afternoon,” said Michele Demery, math teacher.

Teghan Keeney is a sophomore in CCTEC’s STRIVE program. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, writing, and spending time with her family.

“Teghan takes the initiative in the classroom. She continuously helps all of her teachers without hesitation. Teghan will pass out materials before sitting down and helps other classmates when needed,” her English teacher, Mrs. Harkins, said.

Teghan is very proud to be selected as a Student of the Month. “I was a little surprised but very happy. I’m quiet in class and it’s nice to be recognized,” she said.

Sammie Lee Esquilin is a student in Chef Robert Ohlsen’s Culinary Arts class who hopes to open her own restaurant or bakery in the future.

“Sammie is positive and outgoing, and one of the best student-team players I’ve seen in years,” Chef Ohlsen said. “She loves the culinary arts program, has made a lot of friendships here, and loves to share her creations.”

Because of her positive attitude and work ethic, Chef Ohlsen said he looks forward to working with Sammie and watching her grow in whatever culinary field she pursues.


From left are Karla Mejias, CCTEC Board of Education President Mr. Dan Vivarelli, and Sammie Lee Esquilin

From left are Karla Mejias, CCTEC Principal Greg McGraw, and Teghan Keeney.

From left are Sammie Lee Esquilin and Chef Robert Ohlsen
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