Area Students Win Career Passport Contest

May 11, 2011

On May 6th, seven area students were awarded at the annual Delaware County Career Passport Recognition Breakfast. Each student receives a $250 cash award from their sponsoring organization and a plaque from the Delaware County Career Development Program.

See all of the photos from the recognition breakfast.

The Career Passport is an individualized exit credential prepared by all the graduates of Big Walnut, Buckeye Valley, Delaware Area Career Center, Delaware Hayes, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, and Olentangy High Schools. One student from each school is chosen to be recognized by a panel of over twenty judges. These volunteer judges consist of community members, area businesses, Rotarians, and educators.

Components of a Career Passport include:

  • A letter of introduction from the school administrator
  • The student’s resume
  • Validation of performance – an outline of the student’s career goals and a plan to achieve those goals
  • Evidence of student skills
  • Verification of employability skills
  • Suggested additional components, such as a letter of recommendation and a school profile


The Career Passport is intended as a summary of a student’s achievements in high school and a blueprint for the immediate future. Students are encouraged to use their Career Passport in employment, college admissions, and scholarship interviews to help the interviewer get a more complete picture of the student’s background.

The winning students are:

  • Claude Mbemba, Olentangy High School. Sponsored by Delaware Building Systems, Inc.
  • Blair Gabalis, Olentangy Orange High School. Sponsored by PNC Bank.
  • Ryan Menges, Olentangy Liberty High School. Sponsored by The Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Katelyn Summers, Delaware Area Career Center and Olentangy High School. Sponsored by The Delaware County Bank and Trust.
  • Neil Dawson, Buckeye Valley High School. Sponsored by 3D Automotive, Inc.
  • Graham Bowling, R.B. Hayes High School. Sponsored by Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Inc.
  • Marial Neja, Big Walnut High School. Sponsored by The Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce.