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U.S. CTE Presidential Scholars Announced

By David J. Ferreira, Executive Director, MAVA Field Office, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School

In June 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order expanding the U.S. Presidential Scholars program to include CTE (Career and Technical Education) students specifically. This June, the first class of 20 Presidential Scholars in CTE will be presented awards in Washington, DC, for their "outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields."

Five nominees were selected from each state in the country based on their academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills, and ingenuity and creativity

The 20 winners for 2016 include one of our very own Massachusetts nominees will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC!

We are both pleased and honored to recognize the Commonwealth's recipient Samantha N. Dorwin, a senior at Charles H McCann Technical School in North Adams. Samantha was the student speaker at our recent Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award Banquet at Mechanics Hall. She also spoke at the AVTE Advocacy Event at the State House.

Samantha's training in Machine Technology has enabled her to earn several industry credentials: including OSHA 10 Hour, MACWIC Level 1, Masterdom Proficiency, and Workforce Ready Industry Certifications. Samantha has also been very active in SkillsUSA, serving as a State Office her junior year and this year a National Officer, holding the title of Region I Vice President. As a national officer, Samantha has had the opportunity to travel and meet business and government officials as an Ambassador for career and technical education. She was pictured on the cover of the 2015 SkillsUSA Annual Report, which was released earlier in 2016.

Samantha is traveling in Quebec, attending the International Skills USA Conference as part of the Team Massachusetts delegation. She served as official spokesperson at a reception at the U.S. Consulate at the request of the US Ambassador to Canada.

We extend our sincere congratulations to her and certainly share in her pride and that of her family for this incredible recognition. She has certainly cast a "national spotlight" on the vocational technical education system in our Commonwealth!!

We wish Samantha nothing but continued success and happiness.

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