Lauderdale County
Allen Thornton Career Technical Center Killen, AL

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Congratulations to Mandi Beavers, recent graduate of Allen Thornton Career Technical Center’s Cosmetology program, who represented the state of Alabama at the National SkillsUSA Competitions in Kansas City. After winning 1st place in the state cosmetology competition, Mandi advanced to Nationals where she participated in a very rigorous competition that included submission of a resume, oral and written evaluations, men’s haircut, long-hair design, and two ladies’ cuts. She finished in the Top Ten – and was awarded 8th Place in the nation in this competition. Mandi attended Allen Thornton Career Technical Center’s Cosmetology program under the instruction of Mrs. Beth Wallace during her 11th and 12th grade years and is now a licensed cosmetologist. She will be attending Troy University in the fall.

Also pictured is Sydney Staples who participated in the National SkillsUSA competitions after being awarded 1st Place in the state Job Skill Demonstration competition. Sydney is also a cosmetology student from Allen Thornton who used the skills she has learned while enrolled in Mrs. Wallace’s classes to represent Lauderdale Schools and the State of Alabama in competitions at Kansas City this summer. Sydney also earned her cosmetology licensure. She plans to attend Faulkner University in Montgomery this fall.

For more information about programs offered at Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, please contact CTE Counselor Dennis Hargett at 256-757-2101.

Awards Night 2014

Mr & Miss Allen Thornton

Greg Taylor and Layla Clingan

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Amanda Beavers - Rogers High School

Matthew Cox - Wilson High School

Joshua Crews - Brooks High School

Kaylea Davis - Rogers High School

Michael Fadell - Lauderdale County High School

Haley Gist - Lexington High School

Rachel Herring - Brooks High School

Ashlee Krieger - Brooks High School

Brandon Springer - Lexington High School

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Mayfest 2014 was a Huge Success!!!

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ATCTC Student of the Month – Kristin Garrett

Congratulations to Allen Thornton’s “Student of the Month” for May:  Kristin Garrett.   Kristin is a first-semester Advertising Design student and Junior from Brooks High School.  According to Mrs. Lara Muck, Advertising Design instructor, Kristin exhibits a great deal of talent, skill, tenacity & caliber.  She is the student editor/layout artist of Sweet Inspirations, the first edition of the LCS Literary Magazine.  Recently, Kristin won First Place in the FBLA State Web Design Competition and qualified to compete at the National Level.  Kristin is working to raise money to cover the expenses of the upcoming competition; therefore exhibiting professionalism, dedication, and leadership skills.  Kristin has contributed to ATCTC, Brooks High School, and the Lauderdale County School System.  She is definitely deserving of recognition as ATCTC’s Student of the Month.

Congratulations, Kristin!  


We had 11 students to earn their forklift certification on May 13, 2014 here on Allen Thornton's Campus.

Students who earned their certification are:

Greg Taylor

Ethan Liverett

Jerrod Martin

Dylan Cosby

Dre Rickard

Alex McDonald

Gage Campbell

Tristan Murks

Skylar Kujhadt

Blake Bowling

Zachary Roberts

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ATCTC Student of the Month – Matthew Rose

Congratulations to Allen Thornton’s “Student of the Month” for April:  Matthew Rose.   Matthew is a senior Culinary Arts student who is from Brooks High School.  According to Culinary Arts instructor, Carole Pongetti, Matthew is a great student who always goes above and beyond what is asked of him in class.  He is a leader in Culinary Arts, where he has attended for four semesters.   In addition, Matthew is a member of ATCTC’s Green Team.  At Brooks High School, Matthew is a member of the Honor Band.  Upon graduation, Matthew plans to attend Mississippi State University.

Congratulations, Matthew!  

April 24-25

 *Students with asterisk qualified for Nationals in

Kansas City June 22-28!!!

*Brooke Ennis (Advertising Design)


             1st Place – Advertising Design Competition

             1st Place – State Pin Design

             1st Place – State T-shirt Design

             1st Place – Program Cover Design (Secondary)

 *Gage Campbell (Building Construction)

             1st Place – Cabinetmaking


*Mandi Beavers (Cosmetology)

              1st Place – Cosmetology

 *Sydney Staples (Cosmetology)

            1st Place – Job Skill Demonstration A

*Kensie Turner (Cosmetology)

            1st Place – Customer Service

Makayla Randol (Collision Repair) 

            3rd Place - Painting and Refinishing  

Elena Raguseo (Cosmetology) 

            3rd Place – Job Information Manual 

Ashlan Boyer (Cosmetology)

            2nd Place – Job Skill Demonstration A 

Danielle Grigsby (Cosmetology)

            2nd Place – Class Project Display 

McKenzie Morrison, Kaitlyn Michael, and Jon Beth Holland (Cosmetology)

            1st Place – Class Project Display Team

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Allen Thornton Career Technical Center receives six scholarships to Northwest-Shoal Community College.  This is one more than in previous years. Thank you Northwest-Shoals for the scholarships!  Each scholarship is valued at $850 per semester toward the student’s tuition.  They must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be a full time student.  Their attendance is also considered and they have to turn in a current resume and write a short essay stating why they deserve the scholarship. Each student must enroll in technology or occupational programs at the college.

This year’s winners are:

     Kristopher Bevis from Waterloo High School is enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair class.

     Sara Gist from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Culinary Class.

      Lori Grigsby from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Cosmetology class. 

     Matheax Ortega from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Cosmetology class.

     Grace Stewart from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Cosmetology class.

     Gregory Taylor from Lauderdale County High School is enrolled in the Welding class.

Congratulations to all these students and best of luck at Northwest-Shoals!!!



HOSA CERT Competition



Kaitlyn Hendrix and Jessica Duncan, Health Science Students at Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, recently placed 3rd in CERT at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Conference in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Health Science Program at ATCTC prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in health care through classroom instruction, “hands-on” education in the laboratory, and work-based opportunities in the clinical setting. Leadership skills are developed through participation in HOSA.

After taking the introductory course Foundations of Health Care, students may choose to become certified in CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team). 

This program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Placing 3rd in the State Competition, qualifies Kaitlyn and Jessica for the National Competition this summer in Orlando, Florida.






















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Number 8 in the NATION!!!   
Great Job Mandi!!!!

ATCTC Awards Night 2014   
Way to go ATCTC Students!
Mr & Miss Allen Thornton 2014

SkillsUSA Competition 2014   
Great Job Students!!! National Here We Come!

Lee W. Pershke Foundation Scholarship Winners   

First Forklift Certification Class   
Industry Here We Come!!!

Seniors Earn Career Readiness Certificates   
Great Job Students!!!

Kristin Garrett - May Student of the Month   
Great Job Kaitlin!

ATCTC Student of the Month - Matthew Rose   
Way to go Matthew!!!

ATCTC AD Design Student Places First in FOUR Categories at SkillsUSA   
Great Job Brooke!!!

ATCTC Touts Many Offerings in New Video   
The hard-working students and staff at Allen Thornton Career Technical Center have created a video that shows off one of Lauderdale...

National Technical Honor Society   
37 Students Inducted!

Applied Technology Scholarship Recipients   
Northwest Shoals Here We Come!

HOSA Competition!!!   
Nationals Here We Come!!!

Teacher of the year for ATCTC   
Titus Grisham