Students, business honored at P4P investor meeting


By Ryan Berry

GREENVILLE — Partnering for Progress held its annual investor meeting at Radiant Lighthouse on Friday, May 10. The event gave investors an update on the progress Darke County Economic Development has made over the past year and was also an opportunity to announce the winners of this year’s IGNITE (Inspiring Growth in Networking and Innovation Through Employment) Award and Darke County’s Business of the Year.

The IGNITE Award, previously 20 Under 20, recognizes Darke County junior and senior high school students for their work-based learning. These students were able to take their classroom learning and apply it in practical work environments. The students were nominated by either their employer or a school administrator.

Alex Rader, a student at Arcanum High School and Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), was recognized for her work with Family Health Services of Darke County. The nomination stated that Rader has a strong work ethic and is always eager to learn and help others. She maintains high grades and is a member of the Technical Honor Society.

Callee Moore, a student at Greenville High School, is employed by Final Bow: Center for Children’s Performing Arts. Moore is dedicated to pursuing her future career of teaching by honing her skills at Final Bow as a junior staff teacher while balancing numerous other commitments including a part-time job, clubs and sports.

Carter Finkbine, a student at Tri-Village High School and MVCTC, is employed by Boone Restoration. Finkbine is learning to assist homeowners’ post-disaster through his work in construction. He is able to balance school and work with the MVCTC pre-apprenticeship program.

Dominic Barga, a student at Versailles High School, is employed by Classic Carriers. Barga started at Classic Carriers with minimal experience but quickly excelled in his role as a diesel mechanic. His dedication to learning and hard work has led to increased responsibilities, including diagnostics and repairs on diverse equipment.

Hailey Finlay, a student at Greenville High School, is employed by The Brethren Retirement Community. Her nominator stated Finlay “excels at providing exceptional care, embodying teamwork and leadership. Her dedication and compassion shine through.”

Kathy Meade, a student at Greenville High School, is employed by Beauty Systems Group. Meade excelled in a volunteer internship at Beauty Systems Group, learning vital skills in packing, inventory and shipping. She prioritizes her academics, maintaining strong performance and attendance, while also working while going to school.

Rhiannon Wilken, a student at Franklin Monroe High School and MVCTC, is employed by Premier Health. Her employment has equipped her with valuable skills applicable to her future endeavors. Wilken has been able to maintain a stellar academic performance and attendance and always has a positive attitude.

Trenten Hissong, a student at Arcanum High School, is employed by Dave Knapp Ford, Inc. Hissong has acquired crucial automotive skills and certifications and has also developed strong time management, professionalism and communication abilities vital for his career growth.

Tristen Gross, a student at Greenville High School, is employed by The Brethren Retirement Community. His passion for the food industry led him to pursue a voluntary internship at The Brethren Retirement Community in the Dietary Department. He worked diligently, expressed interest in a permanent position and has now been employed part-time for a year and is aiming for full-time work post-graduation.

In addition to recognizing students, the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation Business of the Year was named. Classic Carriers, of Versailles, earned the honor. Darke County Economic Development Director Mike Bowers announced the award.

Classic Carriers is a full-service asset-based transportation business that offers carrier, logistics and warehousing services. In addition to their headquarters in Versailles, the company has locations in Pennsylvania and recently expanded their cold warehouse in Greenville. The company is family-owned and operated with over three decades of experience in logistics management. The ship food, medical equipment, plastics and many other products to the 48 contiguous states and Canada.

Upon accepting the award, Luke Subler said the family is “truly humbled.”

To contact Daily Advocate Editor Ryan Berry, email [email protected].

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