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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

North Montco Technical Career Center holds Senior Recognition Night

PICTURED ABOVE  are the 2013 Senior Recognition Night student speakers.
Submitted by NMTCC
North Montco Technical Career Center (NMTCC) held their annual Senior Recognition Night on June 3rd.  Over 100 awards were distributed to the 244 graduating seniors during the awards ceremony.  Awards included outstanding achievement, various merit awards, memorial awards and more. The seniors also received their certificates of completion or participation and will receive their high school diplomas from their sending schools.

A new award that was presented during the evening was in honor of Damon Kane, an architect who worked on renovation and expansion projects of NMTCC in 1997 and again in 2012.
In 2011, Damon was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Decease.  This only strengthened his resolve to do the things that he loved and his personal strength over the last 2 years has been an inspiration to his family and friends.  While his struggle continues, he can no longer do the things that brought him love.  He established this award to start the recipient down their own path to knowledge, passion and professional fulfillment.  The recipient of the Damon Kane award for 2013 was Andrew DeVarney, a Mechatronics student who plans to pursue a degree at Penn State University in Industrial and/or Mechanical Engineering.

Andrew DeVarney was also one of the student speakers for the evening along with Kimberly Christman (Graphic Arts) , Kelly Lynch ( Health Occupations) and Cameron Mascia (Culinary Arts).  The four student speakers all spoke about NMTCC giving them the “tools” and “experiences” they needed to become successful in the future.

Kimberly Christman emphasized the ability to begin a career right out of high school, with training at NMTCC. “North Montco has given us a lot of these tools, whether it’s in the training we earned in our classes or the life lessons and guidance we’ve received from our teachers. Our instructors have given us the ability to make careers out of a high school education,” said Christman.

Andrew DeVarney then highlighted options available to the graduates including college and the workforce.  He feels that those attending NMTCC have “an advantage over students from a more traditional high school education.”

Kelly Lynch elaborated on  DeVarney’s sentiments about having advantages by attending NMTCC. “North Montco has given me the opportunity to complete the Nurse Aide Training Course, pass the Pennsylvania State Nurse Aide Exam, and earn three college credits for completing the Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology course. I was accepted into 3 nursing schools in the state of Pennsylvania, and I will be attending York College of Pennsylvania,” said Lynch.

Cameron Mascia was the final speaker and spoke about remembering the past while reflecting on the future.  “Though we plan to graduate and move on to a new education, we will always remember the school that brought us from adolescence to adulthood,” Mascia stated.

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