Ana Gehner and Minahil Haroon, have been selected as two of five student Presidential Scholar Nominees for the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Both young women were nominated by their instructors and chosen for their outstanding academic achievements and success in career education. The nominees will be recognized by Ohio ACTE virtually throughout the state and will have the opportunity to apply to the US Department of Education where 20 CTE students will be selected nationwide for national honors.
Butler Tech Biomedical Science Instructor, Lisa von Haefen, nominated Minahil and described her as “academically gifted, intrinsically motivated and always respectful.” Noting that her academic accomplishments and work ethic earned Minahil a nomination and ultimate selection for United Plant
‘s American-Iraqi Public Health Teams Addressing COVID-19 Project, which is a competitive program that exposed high school students from the U.S., the Middle East, and North Africa to unique Covid-19 public health challenges. Minahil worked in small groups with students and professors at Boston University and Salahaddin University to develop educational and outreach programs and gained experience in multi-cultural groups and leadership skills.
After high school, Minahil plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in either Biology or Biochemistry and focusing on a Pre-Med route that would lead her to attend and finish Medical School. Her biggest aspiration is to become a Cardiothoracic Surgeon. She also shared that she recently discovered a spark for research and she hopes to explore this further in her post-secondary education.
Ana was nominated by Peter Clark, Instructor of Financial Services Honors at Butler Tech’s Northwest High School career tech location. Clark shared that “Ana Lu” is one of the strongest students he has ever taught and that her involvement in the school and community made her an excellent candidate for the nomination.
“Ana Lu currently leads Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, as its President (her second year as a State Officer) and our local BPA chapter as its Vice President”, shared Clark. “She earned the Ambassador Torch Award from BPA and has attended the National Leadership Conference for both BPA and DECA. Ana Lu is an active member of the Women’s Volleyball Team and Academic Quiz Team. Outside of school, Ana Lu co-ops at Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union as a teller, and interns at the Colerain Chamber of Commerce focusing on social media promotion. Ana Lu is a natural leader, and the level of energy and passion that she shows is exceptional … she has come to embody the best of our school and the organizations in which she is involved. In a word, Ana Lu is AMAZING.”
After graduation, Ana hopes to attend the University of Cincinnati, Miami University or The Ohio State University to major in finance. Her goal is to “help people break bad financial habits and give them hope for the future!” Ana also hopes to follow in her instructor, Peter Clark’s footsteps by training the next generation of leaders and professionals.
Congratulations to both young women and their instructors for this incredible honor! We wish both Ana and Minahil the best of luck in their pursuit to become US Career Technical Education Presidential Scholars.