Euclid Parents and Families,
A Euclid High School career tech program serves as an alternative way to graduate high school while encouraging students to give back to their community.
Welding, taught by instructor Ryan Eubank in partnership with Lincoln Electric, is an award-winning program recognized for its excellence.
The program ranked second in the nation in the SkillsUSA competition held in June. The program has ranked consistently in the top five for the last 14 years and in the top three for the last seven years.
Career technical programs like welding offer students an alternative pathway to graduation. Students must meet requirements including 250 hours of workplace experience.
Mr. Eubank said his students often find jobs that pay a high wage easily because of the skills they learn.
The welding program is a community service-based education program offered through the Lakeshore Compact.
Students have built benches at Lakeland Community College, lighting at Lake Metroparks and a “Euclid” bike rack at Shore Cultural Centre among other projects.
“A lot of these projects give kids a lot of hope,” said Mr. Eubank. He said students run meetings, organize projects and carry them out with seniors acting as mentors to the juniors in the program.
He estimates that students have completed more than 165,000 community service hours in the 14 years that he has taught the program. Students have organized community efforts to complete some of the projects, like gathering about 200 people to clean up a park.
“It’s all run by students,” Mr. Eubank said.
It also teaches them that by giving back to the community, they help make the community strong.
The Euclid High School marching band is wrapping up another successful season that includes a debut performance.
The band’s drumline and pantherette dance team made its debut at the Canton Inaugural Black Hall of Fame Classic Drumline and Dance Competition. The drumline and dance team each received second-place trophies. Another honor included winning People’s Choice at the Battle of the Bands field competition held at Euclid High School.
This year’s repertoire included The Jackson Five’s “Can You Feel It,” Madonna’s “Four Minutes,” Jill Scott’s “He Loves Me,” Charlie Puth’s “Done for Me,” and a dance mix that included “Stir Fry,” “Walk It Talk It” and “Narcos.” The band continued a 27-year tradition by performing the famous 1812 Overture by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky with cannon shots and fireworks on Oct. 18.
The Euclid Band Orchestra Parent Club supports the Panther band and orchestra by holding fundraisers like the annual pasta dinner held this past week. These fundraisers help raise money for uniforms, scholarships and awards. I encourage you to attend the fundraisers and support our Euclid Schools music program.