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EASTERN Appoints New Allied Health Instructor, Allison Latzo

Ms. Allison Latzo, Allied Health InstructorAllison Latzo has been selected as the second Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Allied Health Instructor, starting July 1, 2021. In 2021-2022, the Allied Health program will expand to two sections in order to provide more opportunities for students in Eastern Montgomery County to explore and prepare for careers in healthcare. Ms. Latzo comes to EASTERN from Central Montco Technical Center where she was the Health Care Sciences Instructor.

Ms. Latzo received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University, and her Master of Science in Nursing from West Chester University. She also received her Vocational I Certification from Temple University and is an approved Dual Enrollment Instructor with Montgomery County Community College. Ms. Latzo has earned many certifications during her career, such as trauma, EKG, PICC line, and CPR Instructor.

In addition to teaching healthcare-related career and technical high school programs both in Pennsylvania and Arizona, she also taught at the college-level, was a School Nurse, and has many years of experience working as a Registered Nurse. Her hospital experiences include Main Line Surgery Center, Montgomery Surgery Center, Central Montgomery Medical Center, and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Students Earn Silver Medal and Top Nine Placement in SkillsUSA Nationals

Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman

Nicole Klaski

Nicole Klaski

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2021 Culinary Arts and Upper Dublin High School graduate, Benjamin Hoffman, and Commercial Art and Abington Senior High School junior, Nicole Klaski, competed in the SkillsUSA National Competition held virtually June 21-24, 2021. The national competition is a showcase of career and technical education students in areas of technical skills and leadership. EASTERN is proud to announce that both EASTERN students placed in the top nine for their competitions, and Nicole Klaski received second place in the nation.

Benjamin Hoffman participated in the Action Skills competition. This contest requires a 5 to 7 minute demonstration of an occupational skill in an area in which a student is training. Contestants use examples, experiments, displays or practical operations to clearly explain their skills using contestant-prepared visual aids.

For the Action Skills competition, Benjamin needed to demonstrate a skill from his technical field (Culinary Arts) in a 5-7-minute video – in one-take. He chose to demonstrate how to make a fried cod sandwich. Although somewhat stressful, Benjamin enjoyed being part of the competition. He left the competition with more confidence in himself and his presentation skills.

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Student Spotlight: Kayla Boyle, Robotics and Automated Technology

Kayla Boyle working on a robotics project.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Robotics and Automated Technology and Lower Moreland High School junior, Kayla Boyle, is getting ready to begin a paid internship at SP Industries in Warminster, as part of the electrical assembly team. SP Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of specialty equipment, scientific glassware, laboratory and lab safety supplies, and home healthcare products serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, educational, industrial, OEM, and commercial markets under well-known market leading brand names.Kayla Boyle working on a robotics project.

Learning how things work has always intrigued Kayla. She decided at a young age that she wanted to be a mechanical engineer. While in middle school, her class visited EASTERN, and she initially set her sights on the Electrical Technology program. At the end of her 9th grade year, she heard through her high school that EASTERN was opening a Robotics and Automated Technology program, and she felt as though that program would better suit her interests and career goals.

The 2020 – 2021 school year was the first year for the Robotics and Automated Technology program at EASTERN. As the first female student in the program, Kayla has some words of advice for others who are interested. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are less than you are,” said Kayla. “If this program aligns with your career goals, take it, and ask questions! The program is challenging, but I push myself every day to be one of the top students in the class.”

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Student Spotlight: Sarah Brodsky, Commercial Art

Sarah Brodsky, Commercial Art student.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art and Lower Moreland High School junior, Sarah Brodsky, was asked by Lower Moreland Library and Media Specialist, Mr. Patrick Engleman to create a mural in the Lower Moreland High School Library that would help inspire school spirit. She chose the slogan, “Fall into the world of Lower Moreland” for the theme of her mural.

Sarah Brodsky working on painting her mural on the wall at Lower Moreland High School.

Prior to attending EASTERN, Sarah was already familiar with the programs offered to 11th and 12th grade students. Her sister, Rachel, a 2020 graduate, was very successful in EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program. Knowing that Sarah wanted to learn more about careers in the art field, she found Commercial Art to be the right program for her.

At Lower Moreland High School, she was already known for her love of art, as she excelled in AP Studio Art while in 10th grade, and Honors Art while in 9th grade. The mural project plan first began early in 2020. Sarah was thinking of a small, subtle design since she had a large school workload. When the pandemic began, the mural plan changed drastically in many aspects, such as size, font, and color. The extra time spent at home gave her more time to think about and create a more intricate design. In speaking to Mr. Engleman about the larger, more ornate design, he encouraged her to be as creative as possible.

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New EASTERN Award Established Courtesy of Sloane Auto Group in Glenside

Daniel Menko, recipient of the 2021 Sloan Auto Group Award.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) announces a new award sponsored by Sloane Auto Group in Glenside. Sloane Auto Group presented a monetary award to an EASTERN Automotive Technology senior selected by EASTERN’s Automotive Technology Instructor. The award criteria require that the candidate have a grade average of 85 percent or higher and will be pursuing postsecondary in automotive or going directly into the automotive field. The 2021 award recipient is Daniel Menko from Upper Dublin High School.

Sloane Auto Group has been in business for over 50 years. As a family owned and operated business, they have created a place where many have been able to build great careers. Another trait that the candidate for this award should encompass is commitment to the automotive field, and the desire to stay with a good company and build a career.

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123 Students Recognized at EASTERN June Awards Ceremony

Collision Repair Technology award winners.On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, EASTERN held its annual Awards Night, at Upper Moreland High School’s Football Stadium. This year, 123 students were recognized with more than $36,000 awarded for academic and technical achievement. EASTERN is grateful to the EASTERN Foundation for their fundraising efforts, and to all award sponsors, contributors, advisory committee members, and local businesses for helping EASTERN honor its outstanding students.

Several new awards were presented for the first time this year, such as “The Morgan-Victoria I Deserve a Scholarship” funded by EASTERN and Springfield Township High School graduate, Morgan-Victoria Johnson; “The Jamie Brett Memorial Award” honoring the memory of Jamie Brett, a 1982 Collision Repair Technology and Upper Moreland High School graduate; the “Sloane Auto Group Award” funded by our community partners at Sloane Auto Group in Glenside; and the “Demco Automation Innovation Award” funded by EASTERN and Upper Moreland High School graduate, Stephen Maund.

The Robert Eberz Memorial Award winner.“We were so pleased to be able to hold our Awards Night in person to celebrate these outstanding students,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “The awards presentation recognized 123 EASTERN students who have demonstrated resiliency, kindness, and leadership throughout this unusual school year. Despite the challenges, our students continued to pursue their career path, demonstrating commitment and perseverance. We are so proud of our students.”

Student awards are provided by the EASTERN Foundation, and supported by businesses, EASTERN staff, various community organizations, and individual donors. The purpose of EASTERN’s Foundation is to recognize EASTERN student achievement and success by assisting both students whose goal is post-secondary education and students who intend to start a rewarding career. Our business and industry partners inspired this effort and continue to support it extensively.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the EASTERN Foundation to support student awards, checks can be made payable to the “EASTERN Foundation” and mailed to EASTERN at 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. The EASTERN Foundation now has an online contribution link https://eastech.org/foundation/donate.

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EASTERN Awards Night 2021

Congratulations to all EASTERN Award Recipients. 

Click below to appreciate our outstanding students who were recognized at our 2021 Awards Night.

Awards Night 2021

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EASTERN Students Win at 2021 SkillsUSA State Competition

Thirteen students from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove competed virtually in their skill areas or with their leadership proficiency at the SkillsUSA State Competitions held earlier this month. Students from all over Pennsylvania took part in the competition. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, be proud of their accomplishments and supportive of their community. Gold medalists are invited to participate in the virtual National competition to be held in June. Medalists from EASTERN include:

Gold Medal Winners

  • Action Skills – Ben Hoffman, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Dublin High School
  • Customer Service – Nicole Klaski, EASTERN Commercial Art/Abington Senior High School
  • Job Interview – Kayla Marshall, EASTERN Business and Technology Professional/Cheltenham High School

Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman

Kayla Marshall

Kayla Marshall

Nicole Klaski

Nicole Klaski

Silver Medal Winners

  • Esthetics – Lillian Trump, EASTERN Cosmetology/Cheltenham High School
  • Promotional Bulletin Board – Laurence Jacoby, EASTERN Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School; Sarah Boyce, EASTERN Commercial Art/Springfield Township High School; Isabella Iannuzzi – EASTERN Commercial Art/Abington Senior High School

Bronze Medal Winners

  • Medical Terminology – Cashmearmarya Moore, EASTERN Allied Health/Cheltenham High School
  • Photography – Erica Layson, EASTERN Commercial Art/Abington Senior High School

“We are extremely proud of our students’ accomplishments,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “This year was challenging, and these students made a commitment to making the best of the situation and to give full effort toward making it great despite the circumstances. Congratulations to all who participated!”

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