Nassau BOCES Barry Tech recently awarded a total of $5,975 in scholarship funds to more than 40 students, who earned the monetary awards through their exemplary efforts both in and out of the classroom. The young scholars received their awards at the 2016 Barry Tech Scholarship Luncheon, held at the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center.
Barry Tech pharmacy technician student Nicole Vas of the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD earned a $500 award from the Long Island Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators. Medical assisting students Brittany Eckert from the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD and Amber Vivas from the Valley Stream UFSD each received $250 from Long Island Blood Services.
Four students each earned the $150 SkillsUSA Scholarship for their performances at the regional and state competitions and for their service to the organization. Jason Garcia from the Hempstead UFSD and David McAleese from the Three Village CSD took first place for entrepreneurship in the 2015 national competition; Michenka Juin from the Baldwin UFSD serves as a New York state historian; and Jack Shea from the Lynbrook UFSD serves as Area VI vice president.
A total of more than $3,000 was given to the winners of the Barry Tech Career and Technical Education Achievement Award. Thirty-nine students earned $125 each for their exceptional performance in their chosen fields of study, active participation in school activities and community service, and service to their peers as positive role models. A complete list of these award winners, including their home school districts and chosen fields of study, follows.
“These students have gone above and beyond their academics to demonstrate a genuine passion and commitment to their fields,” said Barry Tech Principal Laurie Harris. “Part of the Nassau BOCES mission is to enable students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These scholarships help us to do just that, by providing them with financial, as well as educational, support.”