Thursday, March 26, 2015


Greenville High School Senior Taylor Bryant welcomes
visitors to the Darke County Welcome Center.
GREENVILLE, OH (March 24, 2015) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau announces partnership with the Greenville High School Career Tech Hospitality Program to offer an internship to a high school senior.

“This is the first year for the internship with the Hospitality Program,” stated Deanna York, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau. “Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed the partnership created with Mrs. Toni Shellabarger, instructor of the program. She has graciously opened her classroom of juniors and seniors to me at the Darke County Visitors Bureau to lecture on travel and tourism in Darke County. In addition, we have worked closely to plan and lead tours of the attractions, accommodations and restaurants in the county for the students.” “I am thrilled to share the hospitality industry of Darke County with these students. They are the future of our community,” said York.

Taylor Bryant, a senior in the Career Tech Program Hospitality at Greenville High School started interning at the Darke County Visitors Bureau in early March. Her responsibilities include greeting and assisting visitors to Greenville and all of Darke County at the new Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, as well as, answering the phone and sharing information with callers, maintaining the bureau’s online calendar of events database, and many other duties. Director Deanna York is working hand-in-hand with Toni Shellabarger to be sure that Taylor fulfills the requirements of the high school program, and gains knowledge of courses she may be taking in college.

“Hospitality has opened many doors for me in the two years that I have been in the program,” shared Senior Taylor Bryant. She competed in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitions her junior and senior years at Greenville High School. During her junior year, Taylor competed in Creative Banquet Table Design, and won first place at the Regional and State levels. In addition, she won a $6,000 scholarship to Sullivan University in Kentucky. Her senior year, Taylor competed in Hotel Linen Operations, and earned a gold award at the Regional and State levels.

Taylor has experienced the hospitality industry of Darke County through several job shadowing opportunities. She has assisted with banquets and events at the St. Clair Manor, as well as banquets for Youth For Christ. She has also had opportunities at Wayne HealthCare and Brethren Retirement Community to job shadow in dining services and housekeeping.

In addition to school, the internship at the Darke County Visitors Bureau, Taylor has a part time job in dining services at Brethren Retirement Community.

“With the internship at the Darke County Visitors Bureau, I hope to learn more the travel and tourism aspects of the hospitality industry,” said Taylor. “I am excited to learn more about our county and the history it holds, as well.”

Taylor plans to study hospitality at Sinclair Community College in the fall. In completing the two year program at Greenville High School Career Tech, she will receive a $3,000 scholarship to Sinclair.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit, destination marketing organization. Its mission is to attract visitors to Darke County through promotion, education and development of Tourism.

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