Putnam County R-I announces Career and Technical Student of the Month


The Putnam County R-1 School District recently recognized Gavin McLain as the Career and Technical Education Student of the Month for September 2019.

The acknowledgment included the presentation of a certificate, a CTE Student of the Month shirt, and the addition of his name to the 2019-2020 CTE Student of the Month awards plaque which is displayed in the High School. Student winners are chosen by the vocational faculty based on a set of criteria that includes: attendance, grades, cooperation with fellow students and teachers, enthusiasm for subject(s), attitude both in the classroom and out, leadership qualities, and community involvement.

Gavin is the son of Cristen and Montana Hines and Clint McLain of Unionville and is a Senior at Putnam County R-1 High school. Gavin is active in multiple Career & Student Organizations including DECA, FBLA, and FFA. He has also been an active member of the Football, Basketball and Track teams all four years of High School.

Kerry Schoonover, Business Instructor at Putnam County R-1 High School says Gavin was chosen for this award partly because “Gavin is extremely helpful and always cheerfully willing to volunteer his time and step up to help for any matter for the Club. He made time to help this summer with the 5k/Fun Run. His easy-going personality is one of my favorite attributes.”

The Putnam County R1 School District feels that these monthly rewards reinforce the importance of Career and Technical Education in our schools. Learning a skilled trade or craft enables many capable students to enter the workforce and establish successful careers. Vocational instruction also helps the college-bound student succeed in various avenues of study.