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WSD Students Earn St. Charles County CAPS Outstanding Associate Awards

Two WSD students, Holt senior Trinity Craig and Liberty senior Henry Young, earned the St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies Outstanding CAPS Associate Award, two of only four awards distributed. The award is given to CAPS participants who exemplify CAPS professional skills at a high level on a daily basis. St. Charles County CAPS honors one associate in each of their four strands of career exploration. Craig won the Healthcare Associate Award and Young won the Global Business/Entrepreneurship Associate Award.

“(Trinity) always communicated well; and when it came to her CAPStone project, she was relentless, always working, always organized, and always prepared,” said Healthcare strand instructor Daniel Sacre. “And because of this consistent, relentless effort, her CAPStone group was able to raise over $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year campaign.” Craig plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield, major in nursing and then move on to become a nurse practitioner, with a long-term goal of achieving her doctorate.

“It has been my pleasure to get to know Henry for the past two years, and it is my honor to recognize him as the Global Business Entrepreneurship CAPS Associate of the Year,” said Global Business/Entrepreneurship instructor Dan Tripp. “His professional strength is what has made him one of the most respected CAPS associates among his peers both last year and this year. Henry is one of the kindest, most selfless and honest people I have ever met. Henry was one of our greatest marketers and branders for the CAPS program, because he was able to speak and network with so many local businesses.”

Young will be attending Truman State University in the fall, seeking a master’s in business administration with the aspiration to become an international business executive. The St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a program that fully immerses students from all five county school districts in professional culture. They are mentored by actual employers, allowing students to solve real world problems by using industry standard tools, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS programs are nationally recognized, innovative high school programs. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

Craig Young