Chef Stalnaker earns Silver Medal

Chef Lance Stalnaker, Culinary Arts Instructor at Tri-Rivers Career Center, earned a Silver Medal at the Columbus State Spring Classic held recently. He competed in the KC-4 category, Contemporary Hot Food Category with an entry of Spiced Rack of Lamb with Curry Sauce and Chermoula, Stewed Butternut Squash and Lentils, Confit Bell Peppers, and Candied Squash.

Competitors have sixty minutes to prepare four portions of a finished entrée plate based on the protein of their choosing. The competition is judged by American Culinary Federation Competition Judges which included Lead Judge Sarah Deckert CEC (Certified Executive Chef) and Thomas Peer CMC (Certified Master Chef).

This is Chef Stalnaker’s third ACF Professional Competition and according to him, he does it to help his students with their competitions. “How can I ask them to go and compete, and give them the help they need from me as their advisor if I have never experienced it myself”?

He goes on to say, “Just like I tell my students, you cannot come away from these competitions without being a better Chef in every way, putting yourself out there to be judged is not easy, but it is very fulfilling.” Chef Stalnaker has had two culinary arts teams finish in the top 3 at the national FCCLA Conference and says he owes that success to students who buy in and work hard, and to a supportive administrative staff at this school that supports his continuing education and development as well as that of his students.

Chef Stalnaker CEC, CCE, WCEC is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation and the World Association of Chefs Societies and a Certified Culinary Educator through the American Culinary Federation. He resides in Mount Gilead.

Senior Signing Day May 13, 2022

We invite parents/guardians to attend our Signing Day 2022, May 13, 2022. This event recognizes Seniors who have achieved their “E.”  They are ENROLLED in college, apprenticeships, etc, EMPLOYED and/or ENLISTED. Each Tri-Rivers’ Senior who has achieved their “E” will be recognized by Tri-Rivers Administration,  future employers, reps from colleges and the military. They will be recognized by program. (See the schedule below)

They will receive a letter or certificate from the Governor’s Office, CANDO! and TRCC congratulating them. The event photos will appear on our Facebook page.

We also invited their home school adminstrators and counselors to attend.

Any questions, contact Ellen Messenger, .


Tri-Rivers Community Service Day, Friday, April 22

April 18-22 is Community Service Week

Tri-Rivers Community Service Project – Making a Difference 4/22/2022

A letter from Building Principal Chris Solis to TRCC Families:

We hope all is well with you and your family. We wanted to communicate to our TRCC families that our students will be completing Community Service this Friday, April 22nd. The purpose of the activity is to learn to always give back to their community to serve others in making a difference. We require all Full-Time students to participate in this activity and attendance will be taken at each project site. Please dress appropriately for the day and be prepared for possible weather.

Tri-Rivers enrollment encompasses 9 associate schools. Our Level 1 (Juniors)  and Level  (Seniors) students will be participating in projects located in their communities. We are excited about this first time event that we would like to take place annually at this time. Here is a list of our Associate Schools and their community service project(s):

Mount Gilead – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to the Mount Gilead Administration Building 145 North Cherry Street beginning at 8:15-8:30 am. Completing projects in the Village.

Cardington – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Cardington High School and you will walk/be transported to the Municipal Building and working at Legion Park at 8:15 am.

Highland – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Highland High School by 8:00 am. Students will be working on the school grounds with the Horticulture Club.

River Valley – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to one of the following LOCATIONS (proper location is being shared with students)

  1. River Valley High School/Middle – Working at the school mulching, painting, and cleaning around school property. Report by 8:15 am
  2. Baseball/Softball Complex on Route 309 – Raking fields, and cleaning the park area. (12 students have been chosen for this project). Report by 8:15 am
  3. City Parking Lot A (corner of Prospect and Church) – completing city projects (20 RV students have been chosen for this project) Transportation provided at Tri-Rivers and report by 8:00 am. Student drivers need to report to Parking Lot A by 8:15 am.
  4. Center Street Community Health Center 136 W. Center St. – cleaning and landscaping property. (Level 2 Student Drivers have been chosen and need to report by 8:15 am).

Elgin – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Elgin High School by 8:00-8:15 am. You will be reporting to one of the following LOCATIONS (proper location is being shared with students)

  1. Elgin High School – cleaning school grounds, setting up for Elgin Relays, baseball game, softball game, cleaning admin. building (35 students have been chosen for this location).
  2. New Bloomington for Village and Park clean up/painting and report by 8:00-8:15 – (12 student drivers have been selected for this project)

Pleasant – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Pleasant High School by 8:45 am in the front of the building. (Location is being shared with students). Mulching and Landscaping around the schools.

Ridgedale – Level 1 and Level 2 students – Report to Ridgedale High School by 8:15-8:30 am. Non-drivers will be transported to the Morral Park Washburn and Brown Park Northeast Street Morral, Ohio 43337. Drivers can meet at the park. Project activities include painting and cleaning up the park area.

Marion Harding Level 2 Students – you will be selected to go to 1 of three elementaries (Specific location is being shared with students). Non-drivers will ride their traditional morning route to Tri-Rivers. At around 8:15 am they will be transported from Tri-Rivers to their specific location to one of the following schools. Drivers can report to their specific location by 9:00 am.

  1. George Washington Elementary (400 Pennsylvania Ave.) – 15 students have been assigned to work on raised garden beds and cleanup around the school.
  2. Taft Elementary (1000 Robinson Ave.) – 10 students have been assigned to work on raised garden beds and cleanup around the school.
  3. Harrison Elementary (625 Brightwood Drive) – 15 students have been assigned to work on raised garden beds and cleanup around the school.

Marion Harding Level 1 Students – students have been selected to go to 2 locations for the day. Non-drivers will ride their traditional morning route to Tri-Rivers. At around 8:15 am they will be transported from Tri-Rivers to their specific location to one of the areas. Drivers can report to their specific location by 8:30 am.

  1. City Parking Lot A (Corner of Prospect and Church) – 39 students have been assigned to complete city projects.
  2. Marion County Sheriff’s Office (100 Executive Drive Marion, Ohio) – 10 student drivers have been assigned to work on projects with deputies. Arrive by 8:15 am.

North Union – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – students have been selected to go to the following locations (specific location will be shared with the students):

  1. Richwood High School – 20-25 students will arrive at North Union High School cafe at 8:15 am for details. Students will be going to Richwood Lake and Park Clean Up.
  2. Magnetic Springs baseball field – 23353 OH-37, Marysville, OH 43040. Arrive at 9:00 am for field clean up. (10-15 students)
  3. Richwood Fairgrounds – 1 Gill St. Richwood, OH 43344. Clean up for facilities (15-20 students)

Home school students / Non Associate School Students / Part-Time students – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – please arrive at Tri-Rivers during normal school hours. . You will be working on projects around our school.
★★ If you are not a part-time student (Homeschool students and non Associate School Students) please arrive at Tri-Rivers during your normal school hours at 8:15 am start.
★★ If you are a part-time student who normally attends in the morning please arrive at Tri-Rivers at 8:15. If you are a part-time student who normally attends in the afternoon please arrive at normal time.


  1. Is this MANDATORY? – Yes and we will be taking attendance for the events. It will be counted as an unexcused absence if the student does not participate and could result in loss of credit and truancy issues.
  2. If my child is sick for this event how do I report their absence? Please send an email to
  3. Will lunch be available for the students? Students will either be fed at their location with pizza or school issued bag lunches.
  4. What if the event ends early? Student drivers will be released and can go home. Bus riders can leave if transportation is provided or they will have to be transported by their Associate High School.
  5. How will we know if the event is CANCELED? You will receive a school text alert from Tri-Rivers in which we would ask for the students to report to school for their traditional school day.
  6. What if I have a Work Based Learning Student? We would ask for those students to participate as much as possible in their school sponsored projects and then leave for their scheduled work.

7. How will I know specifically where my child will be located for their Service Project if there are multiple projects sponsored by the school? A school text alert will be sent to the students prior to Friday.

Seniors! Important Dates/Events

Seniors! Important Dates:

Saturday, April 23, 2022—Prom 2022 (Open to all TRCC students), 6-10pm at Tri-Rivers. (Tickets must have been pre-purchase prior to event)

Friday, May 13, 2022— Senior Signing Day for Seniors who achieved their “E”—They are ENROLLED, EMPLOYED or ENLISTED. They will be recognized with a Signing Event where college reps, employers and military reps will be invited to congratuate them in ceremonies by program throughout the day. Seniors can also invite their parents. The schedule will be posted April 21st as we gather verification of Seniors’ plans.  The event is held during the School Day. More details:

Monday & Tuesday, May 16 & 17— Senior Exams

Friday, May 20, 2022—Senior Breakfast in the Auditorium, followed by a Senior Photo out front, the Seniors will then go the Marion Coliseum for Rehearsal of Senior Recognition, 9:45-Noon
This is most Seniors’ last day unless they have makeup work. Instructors will let them know. Makeup work can be done May 23.

Monday, May 23—Senior Recognition at the Marion Fairgrounds Coliseum. Arrive at 6pm to get in line. Event at 7p.m.

Senior Recognition Seating Chart (Printable): 2022 Marion Coliseum Senior Recognition CTE Seating Chart

Letter to Seniors from Mrs. Kristina M. Lucas,

Executive Director of Operations

Parents/Guardians of Tri-Rivers Senior Students:

We are thankful for our parental support at Tri-Rivers Career Center, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your son/daughter’s educational journey. Even through some of the most trying school years, your student has succeeded. With that being said, Tri-Rivers Career Center will be recognizing our successful seniors at a Ceremony on Monday, May 23th, 2022 at 7:00p.m. at the Marion Coliseum located on the Marion County Fairgrounds: 220 E. Fairground St. Marion, Ohio 43302. All senior completers will be recognized for their accomplishments that evening.

This event is a celebration of their achievements and successes while attending Tri-Rivers. Many of our students have set goals that will move them way beyond the walls of TRCC and for that we are honored and privileged to celebrate them.

We held a Senior Meeting with our current senior students during their lunches at TRCC on Friday, April 8th. We have reviewed the important dates and questions regarding the ceremony and end of the year events.

FAQ’s- Frequently Asked Questions:

What should students wear?
Students should dress formally. Males should wear a shirt with a collar, dress shirt and/or tie, and dress pants. Females are encouraged to wear dresses or skirts of appropriate length, or dress pants. We ask that ALL students refrain from wearing t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and tennis shoes. For safety reasons NO flip flops or high heels. All students will be asked to wear their Home-School purchased Josten’s gowns during the ceremony. No caps or tassels at the TRCC ceremony—students may wear their NTHS/NHS cords. If students are homeschooled or they do not intend to participate at their home school graduation but are interested in walking at Tri-Rivers Senior Recognition—please send them to Mrs. Rhonda Irey by Friday, April 22nd to place a hold on a robe for the event. 

What time does the event start? The event starts promptly at 7:00 pm. We are asking that all students arrive by 6:00 pm to prepare for the line-up and seating arrangements. We ask that all parents attending remain at the event until the last student crosses the stage. This minimizes the distraction from our students that deserve to be recognized properly.

How long does the event last? The event itself typically lasts about 90 minutes. Please be prepared to stay inside the Coliseum until all students are released. We have many students that have worked hard to be recognized and we would like to make sure we honor them.

Are pictures available? Yes. We plan to have a photographer there to take individual pictures of each senior after they cross the stage. We will post these on our social media for parents.

How many guests may attend? At this time we are allowing each graduate to bring as many family/friend members as they would like.

What if I have a family member with Handicap Accessible needs? We will have handicap accessible parking and seating available. The seating is limited so we ask that only one other person sit with them from your family so that we have room for others with needs.

May I take pictures? Yes, we just ask that you wait until after the ceremony to take pictures with your student.

Again, this is a celebration to recognize our seniors and we want to honor their accomplishments at TRCC. Each student that walks across the stage deserves to have their name and accomplishments heard by all- as a reminder please, keep all cell phones and devices on mute until the ceremony is completed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email- or check out our website for updated Senior information.


Mrs. Kristina M. Lucas, Executive Director of Operations 2222 Marion Mt. Gilead Road Marion, Ohio 43302






Acceptance Night for New Students April 28

Acceptance Night is for New Students.

The event will begin at 6pm in the Career Tech labs with presentations by Career Tech Instructors. Arrive promptly so you don’t miss anything!  See details below.

Note: Prior to the meeting, there will be a CCP Session at 5pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR/Cafeteria)

Also, prior to Acceptance Night, the new Cosmetology students will meet in the Student Resource Center at This meeting will last one hour. Click here for details Cosmetology Meeting Flyer  2022

Tri-Rivers honors CenMac Metalworks for Distinguished Service

Pictured: Matt Comer, vice president for CenMac Metalworks, Presenter and Welding Instructor Levi Retterer,

Superintendent Dr. Charles Speelman, and CenMac employee and TRCC Board Member Mick Landon


Introduction by Levi Retterer

Tonight it is my honor and privilege to present a Lautenslager Distinguished Service award to CenMac Metalworks. I was lucky to have been an employee of CenMac Metalworks for several years before I started teaching at Tri-River Career Center full time, and still look back at all of the valuable things that I was able to learn during my time there that has really helped me through my career.


CenMac was started in 1960 under the name Central Machine, and it was primarily a metal stamping and tool and die company that supplied several local companies with hinges and latch mechanisms.


Jerry Galbreath joined Central Machine in 1994, and his son Rod joined the company in 1998 and took over as president in 2012. At that time, they were in a small 7,000 square foot shop at the intersection of st rt 309 and st rt 98 and had 13 employees including Rod and Jerry. In that time between 1998 and present day, the company has grown and continues to prosper.


 When they built their new manufacturing facility in 2003 on Fairground street, I remember Rod reminiscing that he did not know how they were going to fill all 25,000 square feet of new space. Fast forward to today and they have expanded that same shop to 68,000 square feet and are breaking ground on an additional 25,000 square feet. They have gone from having a handful of customers who made up 90% of their sales, to now having their largest customer be only 33% of their sales and no other single customer being more than 6% of total sales, showing how much they have diversified since their inception. 


Today the shop employs over 90 individuals and operates on two shifts. This includes around 20 skilled tradesmen and women in the welding department, a majority of which are TRCC graduates. (I often like to joke with Rod that when I was there, the welding department was made up of one other gentleman and myself, and since I left to come here as a teacher, it took 19 people and 9 Robotic welders to replace me. Rod always reminds me that that may not exactly be the case…) 


CenMac is a shop that many people in the trades strive to work for. They provide living wage jobs and benefits to their employees and have a culture within the shop that makes it a great place to work. It is never uncommon to see the president and Vice president out on the shop floor running the scrubber or cleaning things up when they need to, and whenever I am lucky enough to be able to stop in and visit the shop to check on students that are on advanced placement, I always look at how the employees react when the boss is walking around the floor. No one acts nervous around the boss and you can tell that there is a mutual level of respect amongst all that work there. I have no doubts that this is a huge reason for their continued growth and success.


Throughout the years, CenMac has supported Tri Rivers in a multitude of ways. They have donated practice materials to the welding program which is crucial to our operations. They also employ a number of our alumni from our adult and secondary programs as well as current students who are on advanced placement. I am always able to rest easy knowing that students that we send there to work will be treated fairly, not be taken advantage of and will be in a safe working environment. Numerous members of our advisory boards are employees of CenMac metalworks and they are always willing to give us valuable feedback and insights as to what our program needs to provide to our students to make them successful and employable. We also have a member of our very own board of education who is employed at CenMac, Mickey Landon. 


We are proud to be industry partners with CenMac Metalworks and are thankful for all of their support over the years. Rod was unable to join us tonight, But it is my pleasure to present this distinguished award to Vice President Matt Comer and our own Mickey Landon.

Amanda Tackett—2022 Outstanding Alumni

Introduction by Becky Salyer and Roy Schweinfurth

Representing the Tri Rivers Cosmetology Program Outstanding Alumni Amanda Tackett. Amanda is graduate of the class of 2003. She received her Cosmetology license in the spring of 2003 and began working as an apprentice/stylist at Charles Penzones Salon and Spa. Amanda was a team member for two years training in a state-of-the art salon with the newest products and equipment as well as having outstanding educational opportunities. She continued her career at Rejuvenations Salon and Spa in Marion where she continued to work for 15 years. For the last year and a half Amanda has been self-employed at Brush Hair and Skin Bar. Being self-employed Amanda over sees all aspects of the business. She is responsible for her continuing education, inventory, scheduling, taxes, insurance and meeting all State Boards Rules and Regulations.

Amanda has maintained a professional attitude, participates in advanced education to better herself as well as the people around her. She has maintained a large clientele to be able to work as an independent contractor. Amanda has been a strong force in the cosmetology industry. She maintains professionalism and is an excellent role model for future cosmetologists. Amanda’s work ethic in the Cosmetology field has been superior. Her attendance has always been exceptional. Her attention to detail within her workenvironment and willingness to help her co-workers has made her a much appreciated and valued employee. Amanda has always been an individual that strives for the next level.

Amanda’s contribution to Tri Rivers include advisory committee member attending meetings, judging local SkillsUSA contests and assisting with our annual Shear Class Style show. Amanda has often shared advance training with the Cosmetology Class giving of herself to provide educational opportunities to our students.

Amanda works diligently to be a good mother and spouse to her family. She is very involved in her children’s education and sport activities. She runs a very structured home to always having time for her children and working with them toexpand their individual interests. Amanda also takes good care of her physical self to give the most to all aspects of her life.

Amanda has proven be the total package. She has learned how to balance her home while challenging herself to reach for higher levels in her career field. As motivated as Amanda is, we believe she will continue to challenge herself to higher levels throughout her career.

Please join me in congratulating Amanda Schweinfurth Tackett, Outstanding Alumni

Tom Stotts—2022 Outstanding Alumni

Tom excelled as a student at Tri-Rivers. And, he continues to excel and go above and beyond in any position he holds or any organization he represents… He is truly a servant leader.

After graduating in 1996 from our Diversified Business/Marketing program, he continued his education at Marion Technical College earning an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from the Marion Law Enforcement Academy in 2000. Then in 2010 he earned his Bachelors of Science in Public Safety Management from Franklin University.

Tom started his government career in 2000 as a dispatcher with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, then he went to work for the Marion County Common Pleas Court as a probation officer/pre-sentence investigator. Shortly, after completing the police academy, he worked for 7 years at the Mt. Gilead Police Department as an auxiliary officer then later as a part-time officer while concurrently working for the court.

He always keeps busy! He’s never doing just one thing… In 2012 he became the Chief Probation Officer at the Marion Municipal Court— that’s where he is currentlyemployed.

In 2013, Tom worked with Marion County Adult Probation, Marion County Prosecutors Office, and Marion Law Director’s Office to create Marion’s first Diversion Program that served both felony and misdemeanor cases.  Marion County Adult Probation Department wrote the grant, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office maintained the grant and Marion Municipal Court furnished the office and office supplies for the position. While the collaborative position doesn’t exist today, the diversion program at Marion Municipal Court is flourishing with great success.

In 2019, Tom worked with ADAMH Board to hire the very first case manager for the court. This position assisted those who are addicted to opioids by expediting them into treatment…as opposed to sitting in jail.  He is always thinking about how to help people recover and regain their lives.

Tom is an exceptional individual, we areso  proud of his accomplishments! In 2020 MarionMade featured the probation department as a department that improves lives of clients and the community. Tom is all about improving lives…

In 2020, Tom was elected the President of the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association for the years 2021 and 2022. Prior to serving as president, he served on the board as treasurer, secretary, and vice president.

His contributions to our community were recognized in 2019 when he was inducted into Marion Tech’s Alumni Hall of Fame. He was also MTC’s keynote speaker at their 2020 graduation. And he also serves on MTC’s Foundation Board of Directors.

…He also has served on the Marion Matters Board and is currently their treasurer.

Tom is truly a servant leader. He focuses on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. Tom’s goal is to serve the greater good. He is an Outstanding Tri-Rivers Alumni because of his professionalism, his caring ways, his high energy and his love of people. Tom, you are AMAZING Alumni. Congratulations!

Introduction by Ellen Messenger


Austin Charles—2022 Outstanding Alumni


Michelle Rawlins introduced Austin Charles, who joined the celebration via Zoom.


Introduction by Michelle Rawlins 

Austin Charles is a member of the United States Navy where he has been a Sailor for the last 9 ½ years. He is a 2012 Cardington Lincoln High School graduate and a Tri-Rivers Health Care Professions graduate. After graduation, he entered the United States Navy where he served as an Aircrew Survival Equipmentman / Parachute Rigger (PR) First Class Petty Officer. Austin has been stationed aboard the USS George Washington (CVN-73) / USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) out of Yokosuka, Japan, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120) / Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (HM-15) out of Norfolk, Virginia, and is currently an A-School Instructor in Pensacola, Florida where he is training Sailors who have just completed bootcamp.  

Austin was in the first class to be enrolled in the Tri-Rivers Transition sophomore program where he explored some of the trades offered at that time. He participated in classes such as Cosmetology, Graphic Design, and Healthcare Professions.  He chose to pursue the Health Care Professions area of study his junior and senior years in hopes to become a Physical trainer. 

Using the Skills he gained from Tri-Rivers Healthcare Professions, Austin Charles was able to transform them into what he does today where he currently helps instruct over 1000 sailors a year.  

He completed an Associate of Arts in 2017 in general studies and received a Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies in Terrorism in 2021. Austin is currently working on his Masters in Homeland Security and Disaster Management from American Military University. Accepted into 2 internships with the navy, he will postpone them due to his military service. He has also completed several journeymen programs the Navy has to offer including: ALSS Technician (8000 hrs.), Canvas Worker (2000 hrs.), Upholster (2000hrs), and Computer Operator (2000 hrs.).  

Austin is an amazing Sailor. He always wants to participate and help wherever he can.  Some of the many awards and achievements he has earned include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), Sailor of the Year (2016, 2017), and Sailor of the Quarter (2018 Q1, 2021 Q3).  He was also selected as one of twelve Active PR`s ranging from E-5 / E-9 where he was the only E-5 that was hand selected to help revamp a training program which would shape future sailors in the PR Rating. 

Austin exemplifies the Tri-Rivers slogan of “A school where you are ALLOWED to, INSPIRED, and EXPECTED to BE AMAZING!”

Austin’s Grandpa, Roger Linder, accepts Austin’s Outstanding Alumni Award. Austin joined the celebration via Zoom.