Thursday, May 20, 2021

Elks Honors STC Students of the Year at Annual Banquet

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Number 1533 partnered with Schuylkill Technology Center to honor thirty-two exceptional students during the Annual Students of the Year Awards Banquet held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the STC North Campus in Frackville. 

From the pool of thirty-two students, four Schuylkill Technology Students were honored with recognition as Students of the Year.

Joseph Favaro a senior at Shenandoah Valley School District currently enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program and Grace Guenther a senior from North Schuylkill School District enrolled in the Cosmetology Program were selected as Elks Students of the Year from the STC South Campus. Joseph is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, SkillsUSA, STC Student Ambassadors, an STC Mentor, the Youth Summit and Junior Advisory Boards, and he is the Class President and a member of Mini-Thon at Shenandoah Valley. Joe has been accepted to Villanova University, where he intends to major in Computer Science. 

Grace Guenther is the SkillsUSA President, an STC Student Ambassador, a member of the Youth Summit and the National Technical Honor Society. She is a band member and the Swim Team Captain at North Schuylkill. She was also the STC representative for the Greater Winter Carnival in 2020. She volunteers her time repairing homes with the Appalachia Service Project and works as a receptionist at a salon. Grace plans to take her state board test to earn her Cosmetology License and obtain employment in a salon as well as continue her education to become a certified permanent make-up artist.

James Chicora a senior enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program from the Minersville School District and Kendra Holley, a senior enrolled in the Health Careers Program were chosen as Students of the Year from the STC North Campus. James is a member of the Minersville Soccer and Football teams, and the Williams Valley Trap Team. At STC, Janes is a Student Ambassador and a Youth Summit Representative as well as a member of SkillsUSA, where he competed in the District competition in 2020 and took first place in the Automotive Maintenance category. Jimmy has been a 7 year member of the Llewellyn Boy Scout Troop 600 and has earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. During his time as a Boy Scout, he participated in numerous food drives, community clean-ups, flag retirement ceremonies, and Wreaths Across America. James completed a co-operative education experience with Sands Ford of Pottsville and plans to continue working there after graduation. 

Kendra Holley works at Mc Donald’s and volunteers at a local food pantry and at Pennbrook Retirement home helping the residents with their daily activities. Upon graduation, Kendra plans to attend STC’s Practical Nursing program and then work in the trauma unit of a nearby hospital.

Pictured (left to right).

Ron Bane (Esteemed Leading Knight Frackville Elks Lodge No. 1533), Stacey Minahan (Assistant Vocational Director-South Campus), Kendra Holley (Pottsville), James Chicora (Minersville), Grace Guenther (North Schuylkill), Joseph Favaro (Shenandoah Valley), Chris Groody (Assistant Vocational Director- North Campus), William Mack (STC Social Studies Instructor/ State Vice President of the Elks)

Also In Attendance from the STC North Campus: Spencer Buckingham, Siobhan Gudinas, Kayla Walker, Sandra Rico, John Babinsky, David Monjaraz, Jesse Boltz, Jr, Noah Karnish, Joshua Jacoby, Amber Boyer, Rian DeJesus Ramos

Also in attendance from the STC South Campus: Andrew Trate, Mckenzie Schaner, Haley Fell, Jalisa Johnson, Lauren Easparro, Erica Berger, Nathaniel Zellner, Owen Webber, Nicholas Stoyer, AJ Serrano, Trevor Greblick, Dustin Wallace, Travis Zellner