Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) announces a new award honoring the memory of 1985 Automotive Technology/Cheltenham High School graduate, Sean Burke, who passed away in January 2016. This $500 award is sponsored by the Burke family and will be presented annually at EASTERN’s Award Night ceremony to an outstanding EASTERN Automotive Technology graduating senior who will be continuing his/her education.
While Sean was like any other young boy in high school tooling around with fixing this and that, he was kind, curious and would do anything for anyone. At the age of 14 he bought a car and took apart the entire engine in his parent’s driveway only to completely drop in a new engine one piece at a time. Sean’s foundation at EASTERN opened his mind and doors leading him on the path to success. He was a mechanical prodigy, and he found the perfect fit in landscape contracting. Sean and his brother, Kevin, began Burke Brothers Landscape Design in 1990. Sean and Kevin have won countless awards and have donated their time and talents while staying committed to enhancing the beauty of their community.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art student/Springfield High School junior, Ian Nash, designed the promotional poster for the Gilda’s Club of Delaware Valley’s 19th Annual Basket Bingo held February 24, 2018 at Westably Hall in Fairless Hills, PA. Gilda’s Club of Delaware Valley is a non-profit based in suburban Philadelphia that provides free social and emotional support programs in a warm, homelike environment to anyone living with any cancer diagnosis. They also provide this same support to those living with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, who have lost a loved one to cancer, and who are cancer survivors.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior, Joanne Scott, is preparing for a career as a graphic designer/photographer while still in high school. Joanne is currently running for a SkillsUSA Pennsylvania State Officer position for the 2018 – 2019 school year. SkillsUSA is EASTERN’s student leadership organization.
Joanne was introduced to the idea of becoming a SkillsUSA State-Wide Officer at the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Leadership Conference in November. Joanne’s Commercial Art Instructor, Nicole Mohrey, noticed early-on in the school year that Joanne possessed leadership qualities and a quiet confidence that could serve her well in the Commercial Art program and in life. Mrs. Mohrey specifically chose Joanne to attend this conference to help enhance and refine these qualities. Initially, Joanne wanted to run for an EASTERN School-Wide officer position, but after some thought, she felt as though this was her time to participate on a larger scale.
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Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, Maddy Maiers, is getting a head start on her career as a graphic designer while still in high school. An outstanding student at both EASTERN and Hatboro-Horsham High School, Maddy enjoys the honors classes she takes at Hatboro-Horsham High School and the career/college preparation she receives through her program at EASTERN.
Art has always been a part of her life and she has been drawing since she could first hold a pencil. Maddy’s cousin attended EASTERN’s Commercial Art program and highly recommended it. When Maddy was in tenth grade, she visited EASTERN’s Commercial Art and the Business and Technology Programs through a visit with Hatboro-Horsham High School. It was during this visit that she found that Commercial Art was right for her.
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Thirty-nine students from the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) won medals in skill areas or leadership at the SkillsUSA District Competitions held January 30 and January 31, 2018 at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. First-place winners will represent EASTERN at the state-level competitions to be held April 17 – 20, 2018 in Hershey, PA. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages career and technical students to be productive individuals in our democratic society.
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(left to right) Karen McGeehan and Rowan Klotzbach.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior, Rowan Klotzbach, is getting a head start on her career as a veterinarian while still in high
school. Having a life-long love for animals, she decided to take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore all areas of the animal care field.
While in middle school, Rowan attended three of EASTERN’s Summer Fun programs: Cooking and Baking, Looking Good, and Automotive and Collision. During her final year of Summer Fun, she was given a tour of the school and saw the Landscape Contracting program greenhouse being renovated to
house animals for the upcoming Veterinary Science program. When she attended the 10th Grade Career Expo at Hatboro-Horsham, she found that the facility was complete, and she enrolled.
Rowan’s love for animals stems from visiting her grandfather’s 1,200-acre dairy farm as a child. During her family visits to the farm, her dad would show her how sweet and docile large animals can be, such as cows and sheep. Although the Veterinary Science program at EASTERN mainly focuses on small animals, it gives her a chance to work with cats and dogs regularly while learning the science involved in the field.
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Zachary Liss, right, accepting his Firefighter of the Year award.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Protective Services/Abington High School graduate, Zachary Liss, has been a member of the McKinley Fire Company for the past three years. McKinley Fire Company is one of five volunteer fire companies in the Abington Township Fire Department. On December 19, 2017 he was bestowed the honor of Firefighter of the Year for demonstrating outstanding service to the fire company and to the community. He also works for the Borough of Rockledge. Liss was already a member of the McKinley Fire Company before enrolling in EASTERN’s Protective Services program as a junior. After visiting EASTERN and seeing the program, he knew that it would increase his firefighting knowledge, and also give him the foundations of criminal justice, EMS and security systems.
“EASTERN gave me a head start in a career I was interested in and once I enrolled I enjoyed being with other students who shared my interests,” said Liss. “If you are thinking of becoming a police officer, firefighter, or EMT – join the Protective Service program at EASTERN. It teaches you a lot about law enforcement, firefighting, or medical services before you even get into an academy. It helps you to narrow down the focus of your career path.” Protective Services at EASTERN provides detailed instruction on leadership, criminal, motor vehicle crash and fire investigation, first responders, security systems, terrorism, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency communications. The program establishes a baseline for higher education leading to careers in law enforcement, firefighting, security, corrections and investigation.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology students will soon have a piece of art featuring their welds in an art exhibition at a popular Toronto art gallery called Franz Kaka. EASTERN Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School 2003 alumni, Carl Marin, will be featured in a two person show that runs from January 11 through February 3, 2018. Marin chose a campfire theme for his exhibit. He reached out to EASTERN’s Welding Technology Instructor, Meghan Cicchino, to recruit the assistance of her students to construct one of the sculptures.
From left to right: Meghan Cicchino, Welding Technology Instructor; Dan Kistner, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; John Ferry, Abington High School senior; Tony DeFrancisco, Cheltenham High School senior; Austin Jaffe, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; and Ronnald Jaskel, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior.
Marin enlisted the assistance of three welders each at a different stage of their career. EASTERN’s students represent the beginning of a welding career. Each participant in the project was given an identical set of cast aluminum sticks and asked to intuitively arrange and weld them together in a formation they believed would light on fire. EASTERN shipped back their sculpture and Marin will now paint all but the welds to look like a realistic campfire.
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