Elmer Gates Awards: Assets that need nurturing
Outstanding students in the area's technical schools received scholarships at the Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards in May at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Conference Center in Bethlehem.
"We recognized 27 years ago that we had an asset that needs to be developed and nurtured," said Elmer Gates speaking to students, relatives and school officials.
Lehigh Career and Technology Institute and the Bethlehem Area Vocational School and associated high schools nominate candidates for the award. This year the Enterprise Awards included students from Monroe Career and Technical Institute and from Upper Bucks County Technical School.
All students receiving recognition are also part of the SkillsUSA program which provides a competitive program for the technical skills of the students. SkillsUSA develops partnerships with businesses with the goal of improving the area's workforce.
The Enterprise Award goes to those SkillsUSA high school students who demonstrate the qualities of scholastic achievement, positive work ethic, community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit.
The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards have been given since 1986, according to officials.
The awards were presented by Elmer Gate's daughter Phalon Jodi Key and his granddaughter Patti Gates-Smith. Key is also the Executive Director of the SkillsUSA Council.
Bethlehem area students honored include:
Ÿ Brandon J. Kutos Freedom High School BAVTS Plumbing
Ÿ Brittany L. Sloss Freedom High School BAVTS Cosmetology
Ÿ Samantha E. Becker Liberty High school BAVTS Protective Services
Ÿ Rebecca M. Grube Liberty High School BAVTS Commercial Baking
Ÿ Benjamin S. Knauss Saucon Valley High School BAVTS Culinary Arts
Ÿ Kyle E. Welz Saucon Valley High School BAVTS Automotive Technology