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Bachman named WCCC valedictorian

Posted on: May 16, 2016

A Little Miami senior has been named the valedictorian of the Warren County Career Center class of 2016.

Allison Bachman chose the career center's graphic arts program as a junior because she toured the facility as a sophomore and was impressed by the lab and equipment that would be available to her as a student.

“I wanted to do something art-related most of my life, but going into high school I wasn’t sure of what field I could get into,” she said. “There are so many avenues in art. I got interested in graphic design and knew the Career Center program could be a helpful tool and give me some skills before college. I am certified in Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud, which is the industry standard. That, my academic achievements and my portfolio got me into the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a scholarship of $11,000 per year.”

She said that it was not a difficult decision to leave her home high school and attend WCCC because she knew the benefits. “I had heard the stereotype about how you can’t go to college if you go to a career center, but I don’t let anything get in the way of my goals,” she said. “I knew I could do some incredible things here that would further my career goals and give me the skills I needed to succeed.”

During her two years at WCCC she earned 17 college credits in her academic courses, Anatomy & Physiology, Advanced Government, Advanced Psychology, Calculus, and English IV. She gained experience through work-based projects in her lab and competed in local and regional SkillsUSA contests. 

Her parents, Patricia and Andrew, always supported and encouraged her in her art, and in striving for good grades. Allison will study graphic design and illustration at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, in a four-year program. She plans on getting a job in graphic design, either in the field of concept art for movies or illustration for books. Her portfolio includes fully illustrated calendars, comic books, paintings and drawings, yearbook covers and stickers she created while at WCCC.

Bachman will be recognized at the Senior Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. at Oasis Church, Middletown.