June 25, 2018


National honors for twice the excellence

June 6, 2016


Jacob Karandy, Brendon VanVlack and Heidi Wenzel have worked doubly hard in school and have national recognition to show for it. On May 23, the DCS juniors and senior were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society based on their achievement in high school and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs.

To be accepted into the National Technical Honor Society, students must meet several criteria, including achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 92 or greater in their CTE program, an overall GPA of 85 or greater at their high school and have five or fewer absences. The ceremony was held at the administrative offices of the Capital Region BOCES in Albany, which provides a range of CTE courses.

DCS junior Jacob Karandy studies Electrical Trades at the Capital Region Career & Technical School in Albany, a program he will continue next fall. With an eye toward a possible career as an electrician or electrical engineer, Karandy traces his interest in the field to a friend’s positive experiences in both the CTE program and profession. His favorite part of class is installing fixtures, lighting and fire alarms in the Electrical Trades lab area. Karandy is also active in DCS sports as a member of the football and wrestling teams, is a scholar athlete and enjoys wrestling outside of school in club tournaments. During the summer, he works on a food truck at SPAC.

DCS junior Brendon VanVlack studied Criminal Justice at the Capital Region Career & Technical School in Schoharie during the 2015-16 school year so he could explore career options. He particularly enjoyed learning hands-on about forensic science in the class, which also covers the legal system, law enforcement and public and private security. Although VanVlack has not set his sights on a criminal justice career, he’ll attend college after he graduates next year. A scholar athlete at DCS, VanVlack is an accomplished member of the Duanesburg wrestling, track and cross country teams. He also enjoys running during his free time, has completed two half marathons and said 13.2 miles is his favorite running distance.

DCS senior Heidi Wenzel is completing the Nurse Assistant program at the Capital Region Career & Technical School in Albany, where she earned honors in March after placing fifth in the Regional SkillsUSA Competition. Wenzel’s success continues: she recently passed the state exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. She is headed to Hudson Valley Community College in the fall to pursue an associate’s degree in polysomnography, the study of sleep disorders. After earning her degree, Wenzel plans to earn certification in ultrasonography. In her free time, Wenzel is an experienced equestrian who rides English and western seat as well as vaulting. She works at Kytewind Farm and Rick’s Feed and Fuel, both in Duanesburg.

The National Technical Honor Society’s mission is to recognize student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities for career and technical students. Attributes of Honor Society members include skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship, leadership and knowledge.

Brendon VanVlack      Jacob Karandy      Heidi Wenzel

NTHS members (from left) VanVlack, Karandy and Wenzel aren't only achievers in class, but are also accomplished athletes.