Our student Colin McGhehey was nominated and selected as an Indiana CTE Awards for Excellence Secondary Student Winner. 13 students were selected from across the state from various CTE programs. Colin was not able to be present to accept his award on Feb. 17th but we were happy to celebrate with him yesterday. Below is what was read at the awards ceremony. Please join me in congratulating Colin McGhehey. He is the first ever Awards for Excellence winner for CSUSA.
“Colin is a junior at Emmerich Manual High School. Colin is a student who started taking Dual credit courses early on in his high school career. Colin now has two CTE dual credit courses on his resume.
Colin is involved in improving the Agriculture program at his school and he devoted his summer to help the Agriculture teacher. His leadership in helping to develop a better program has impacted the way his peers value Agriculture education. He has been a key player in building the needed facilities, caring for the animals, and assisting in communication with community partners.
Colin is President of his Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and represents his FFA chapter well during visits at Purdue University. Colin also promotes the Agriculture program to middle school students. He is invested in not just being a part of the program but by making it better. He has shown others how urban Agriculture is valuable in the city of Indianapolis. He attended the national FFA conference and came back charged to lead his chapter in a positive way.
Colin serves as the Executive Officer (XO) in JROTC and is responsible for supervising and mentoring the other twelve members on the Cadet staff. As the commander of the precision drill team, he is training and building his team for upcoming rigorous competitive events. He also is a valuable member of the rifle team and is one of the top firers. Because he shows tremendous commitment and competency in many areas, he is an extremely successful leader in the JROTC program.
Colin wishes to continue his schooling in Agricultural Science and attend Purdue University to obtain a degree in Agricultural Engineering or Education.”