Nominated by Principal Jeff Hicks, Criminal Justice student, Jackson Ragone, was selected as one of Ohio’s US Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program nominees. This prestigious recognition is a testament to his exceptional achievements and dedication. He was recognized during the Ohio ACTE 2024 Legislative Conference at the Ohio State House on February 7, 2024. Instructors Scott Berry and Mike Stone stated, “Jackson is a gifted student, who has devoted himself to becoming knowledgeable in the field of criminal justice. He is the pillar of leadership serving as class president, platoon leader, and within every aspect of the Criminal Justice program.”

Jackson learned about the opportunities at Medina County Career Center (MCCC) when he was in 8th grade. “Some of the [Medina County Law Enforcement Explorer] meetings were held at MCCC, which led me to explore the Criminal Justice program. To me, it seemed like the perfect choice to make and I’m very happy with the decision I made!”  When asked what he liked best about attending MCCC, Jackson stated, “My favorite part of attending the career center is the work placement program. The work placement program has enabled me to obtain part-time employment as a 911 dispatcher. The Criminal Justice program gave me the education to earn the industry certification needed to be hired. Further, this program has given me public safety experience and training that puts me years ahead of others who do not attend the career center. Additionally, the Criminal Justice program has taught me leadership, teamwork, and other soft skills that will prepare me for employment, no matter which career field I end up in.”

Berry and Stone asserted, “Jackson is a focused student who consistently strives for academic excellence. He holds himself to a high moral standard, which is evident in his display of ethics and integrity. He is kind, respectful, generous, interesting, and fun!”

Jackson acknowledged “MCCC provides a superb experience that prepares students for both college and the workforce. The career center treats their students as adults, and this allows the students to feel independent. The curriculum teaches students what they need to know and provides the industry certifications they need to thrive in the workforce. Additionally, the CTAG credits and articulation agreements provide college credits allowing students to get a jump start into their college careers.”

Jackson plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in cyber forensics at the University of Akron followed by attending law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor.