Senior Recognition 2024 (6:30pm on May 16)

Senior Schedule for Thursday, May 16

Your day will start in the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria)

8:30am – Welcome & Breakfast Announcements – Mr. Solis

8:50am – Farewell Speech – Mr. Solis

9:00am – Top Tradesman/Principals Award – Mr. Solis/Mrs. Ross

9:15am – CTSO Awards – Mrs. Ross

9:25am – Housekeeping – Mrs. Ross/Mr. Solis 

9:35am – Senior Group Photo

9:45am – Load Buses for Coliseum

10:00am – Arrive at Marion Coliseum

12:10pm – Depart Coliseum for TRCC

12:25pm – Arrive at TRCC & Receive Ordered Lunch in MPR

12:40pm – All Dismissed


5:30pm – Staff and students arrive at the Marion Coliseum for checkin and lineup.

6:00pm – Processional commences. 


Schedule for Seniors May 18/Senior Recognition 7pm

Senior Schedule for Thursday, May 18

Your day will start in the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria)

8:30 – Welcome & Breakfast Announcements-—Mr. Solis

8:50 – Farewell Speech—Mr. Solis

9:00 – TRCC Program Trivia—Swag Bag: Mr. Solis

9:15 – CTSO Awards—Mrs. Lucas

9:25 – Housekeeping—Mrs. Lucas

Thank you to Chef Branam and  cafeteria staff for a delicious breakfast!

Bus Assignments – Look at the table chart for your “Block color” bus assignments to and from the Coliseum.

9:35 – Senior Group Photo
Depart from the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria) through the front doors in an orderly fashion to the TRCC digital sign at the front of the pond/property where we will have our Senior Group Photo. Please stay away from the pond and the highway traffic.

9:45 – Load buses for Coliseum.
Once our Senior photo is complete, we will move to the buses for loading to transport to the Coliseum for practice.

10:00 – Arrive at Marion Coliseum for practice

Depart Coliseum for TRCC
At the completion of practice, you will load onto the same bus and return to TRCC for dismissal.

Arrive at TRCC-Receive Ordered Lunch—MPR

All Dismissed

Students arrive at the Marion Coliseum for Senior Recognition at 6pm
The event starts at 7pm


Tri-Rivers empowers students with Teach Arts Ohio grant

Caption: Tri-Rivers Interactive Media students had the unique opportunity to work closely with professional illustrator, Jerzy Drozd, above, to develop their storytelling and artistic skills. 


Tri-Rivers Career Center’s Interactive Media program recently completed a highly successful program funded by the Ohio Arts Council’s Teach Arts Ohio grant, according to Josh Ebert, one of the program’s two instructors.

“The grant awarded with public funds provided by the state enabled the school to bring in a resident artist to teach our students the art of visual storytelling through creating and publishing mini-comics,” explained Ebert.

Over the course of one semester, students in Tri-Rivers’ Interactive Media program had the unique opportunity to work closely with professional illustrator, Jerzy Drozd, to develop their storytelling and artistic skills, said Jeff Davidson, also an Interactive Media instructor.  “The program was highly successful, with our students not only learning valuable technical skills but also gaining confidence in their creative abilities.”

Ebert said the program was not only beneficial for students, but also had a positive impact on the surrounding community. “Students were able to publicly showcase their work at the end of the semester. Through a partnership with the local comic store, Thunderfury Comics, they hosted an event in honor of Free Comic Book Day, which drew a large crowd and generated a great deal of positive feedback. This not only provided students with valuable exposure, but also helped to promote the arts in the community.”

“We are excited about the success of this program and grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Ohio Arts Council through the Teach Arts Ohio grant,” said Dr. Charles Speelman, superintendent of Tri-Rivers Career Center. “The impact of this program has been far-reaching, not only for our students but also for the community as a whole. We look forward to continuing to provide our students with unique and valuable educational experiences like this in the future.”

The Teach Arts Ohio grant is part of the Ohio Arts Council’s mission to foster and encourage the development of the arts and cultural opportunities in the state, said Davidson. “Tri-Rivers Career Center is proud to have been selected for this grant and looks forward to future collaborations with the Ohio Arts Council.”

For more information on Tri-Rivers Career Center or the Teach Arts Ohio program, please contact Ebert or Davidson at 740-389-4681 or visit Tri-Rivers’ website at

May Breakfast & Lunch Menus

David Willey selected as National ‘Lifechanger of the Year’ winner

David Willey, our Construction Trades Academy (CTA) instructor at Tri-Rivers Career Center, has been chosen as a Grand Prize Finalist for the 2022-23 LifeChanger of the Year Program. He received a $5,000 prize, which will be awarded as a $2,500 individual prize and a $2,500 donation to his school.

Willey was surprised with his award Thursday, April 6, 2023 during a school assembly with more than100 students and faculty members in attendance. The award was presented to him by National Life Group representative Tony Khoury and Tri-Rivers Career Center Superintendent Charles Speelman.

Willey joined Tri-Rivers Career Center during the 2017-18 school year after working as a commercial carpenter and foreman. He had a successful career, but felt a calling to share his knowledge and inspire the next generation of carpenters.

Under Willey’s leadership, the CTA program has grown from around 20 students in the Level 1 and 2 programs to more than 100 students in the Construction Trades 10 (preconstruction), Level 1, and Level 2 programs. 

Willey utilizes tradesmen he knows from the field to provide specialized training such as Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). 

Willey believes every student deserves multiple chances to succeed. He guides and supports his students through difficult situations. Willey holds them accountable and teaches them to learn from good and bad experiences. He helps them to grow personally and in their chosen career paths. 

“David Willey has not only built the best construction program in Ohio, but he has built strong young men and women,” said Speelman. “We—students, staff, administrators, community members— couldn’t be more thankful that he chose to leave his very lucrative career to become a teacher. What he has done and continues to do is priceless.”

LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. 

Each year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

To be considered for an award, nominees must be K-12 school or district employees who make a positive difference in the lives of students.  Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

 Make a positive impact in the lives of students

 Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride

 Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

 Possess a proven record of professional excellence

 Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

 Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

 To learn more, visit,
CONTACT: Matt Kane     978-852-0087

See full nomination at:

National School Breakfast Week, March 6-10

Students Can “Dig In” to Healthy Breakfast Options at School

National School Breakfast Week Campaign Focuses on Benefits of School Breakfast

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Tri-Rivers Career Center will celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) during March 6-10, 2023. The NSBW campaign theme, “DIG IN to School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that healthy breakfast options available at school provide an energizing start to the day for students.

U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The School Breakfast Program serves more than 14 million students every day.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, Tri-Rivers offer nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day.

Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

· Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math

· Score higher on standardized tests

· Have better concentration and memory

· Be more alert

· Maintain a healthy weight

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students are nourished and ready to learn,” said Angela Branam, Cafeteria Manager for Tri-Rivers.  “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the nutritious and delicious choices we offer.”