By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The Huot Career and Technical Center Thursday night honored the accomplishments of 136 students at its annual Celebration of Achievement ceremony.
The students achieved high academic and industry standards through their Huot programs, completed industry certifications and earned college credits according to David Warrender, Huot Center director. He said the students who were honored are from Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Winnisquam Regional high schools.
The center provides students the opportunity to learn through doing, and students this year participated in community based projects such as the Children’s Auction, assisting with health and vision screenings at local elementary schools and providing food for numerous community events.
“Our mobile maker space put cutting-edge technology in the hands of middle school students, and our building construction and plumbing programs built a Tiny House that was simply remarkable. This is only a small sampling of the many activities our students engage in that give back to the community and provide real world learning opportunities,” said Warrender.
He said that the Tiny House built by Huot students was selected as the best in a statewide competition held by the New Hampshire Lottery and that on the same day the award was announced three students learned that they had won medals in the state Skills USA competition.
A bronze medal in plumbing was awarded to Andrew Fielders of Belmont High School. The Huot also had two gold medal winners, Laconia High School student Steve Towers and Winnisquam Regional High School student, Bryson LaCaphelle. They will travel with their instructors to the Skills USA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.
It was also pointed out that Connor Craigie of Gilford has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of only 160 in the entire country.
The Certified SolidWorks Associate, an industry recognized credential in computer aided drafting and mechanical design, was achieved by Connor Craigie, Cameron Fraser, Jackson Laflamme, Logan Krause, Jackson Connor
and Josh Shevlin.
Paulette Loughlin of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation presented scholarships to over 30 students.
The Huot Achievement Awards,, given annually to one outstanding student from each of the school's program areas, were also presented. Students who are selected by their teachers have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their educational programs and will be actively pursuing their career goals.
BioMedical Technology, Tyler Boissonault
The Huot Capstone Program, Mikayla Howes
Allied Health, Nathan Manville
Plumbing and Heating, Steve Towers
MET, Connor Craigie
Careers in Education, Krystal Groz
Building Construction, Bryson LaChapelle
Digital Media Arts, Kaitlyn Mowery
Health Science and Technology, Cody Griffin
Culinary Arts, Dakota McDaniels
Automotive, Korry Blake
Law Enforcement, Katie Deroche
Award winners at the Huot Career and Technical Center's celebration of achievement included Bryson LaChapelle of Winnisquam Regional High School and Sam Guyer of Laconia High School, Golden Hammer Award winner, and Mary Davis of Gilford High School, building construction, who received a $1,500 scholarship, and Corinne Parker of Inter-Lakes High School, health services, who received a $1,000 scholarship. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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