BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School senior, Jayme Lantz, has been selected as one of the “Class of 2019 100 High School Students America Needs to Know About”. Lantz will be the only West Virginia student featured in the Workforce Career Readiness™ publication, which recognizes the next generation of industry leaders, innovators and warriors.
Members of the Upshur County Board of Education, B-UHS staff, media and her parents, came together to give special recognition to Lantz for this honor on Thursday, March 21. She stated, “I was very honored, being the only student from West Virginia. Nobody ever really hears about our education in this state unless it’s something bad, but I feel like this a positive thing for our state.”
Lantz added, “I’d like to thank my digital imaging teacher, Mrs. Wamsley, for giving me the opportunities to do this. I wouldn’t have known that I liked graphic design if I wouldn’t have taken her classes or been in the simulated workplace.”
B-UHS Teacher Sarah Wamsley praised the outstanding student for her strong work ethic and leadership role in her classes and their simulated workplace. When she was asked to nominate someone for this honor, Wamsley said, “I instantly thought of Jayme”. She stated, “She is always there to lend a hand to help other students, to help me. She has a great personality and is very caring. She has really helped to make the simulated workplace a success this year. I think I’d be lost without her.”
This exemplary young lady lives in Buckhannon with her parents, Clyde and Tricia Lantz. She plays trumpet and has been a member of the B-UHS marching and concert bands all four years of high school. Lantz is a captain of the varsity girl’s lacrosse team this year and she also attended WV Girl’s State last summer. Additionally, she is a member of the Wildlife Club and serves as Treasurer of the Youth Leadership Association. Lantz said she plans to attend WVU in the fall and pursue a degree in graphic design.
Workforce Career Readiness™ selects students for this distinguishing honor who are “forward-thinking entrepreneurs, student leaders, activists, radio hosts, designers and so much more”, according to their website. It also states, “These high school students are making their mark in industries ranging from agriculture to the nonprofit world. But most of all they are making a difference in their schools, communities and the lives of their peers.”
Lantz’s published biography reads: “Jayme has created various documents in the Digital Buccaneers Simulated Workplace. She has created a menu that is being used at a new business opening in our community. Through this process, she was required to send professional emails and act like a designer, with her client being the owner of the business. Jayme communicates and creates in a very professional manner. Jayme has dedicated many hours of her personal time to create products that benefit a community business. She is a hard worker and has dedicated many hours of community service selling items for a Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser – in which the school was able to raise $16,000. Jayme created some of the stickers that were sold, making a special pink ribbon picture – and volunteered many hours through the Youth Leadership Club. Overall, Jayme is a hardworking student that dedicates hours of her personal time to better her school and community.”