By: Joe Burke
Last Wednesday night, May 23, the 52nd Senior class of the Career Institute of Technology, also known as CIT, had its end-of-the-year award ceremony. The auditorium at Nazareth High housed the parents and friends of graduating members of the CIT program from Pen Argyl, Easton, Bangor, Wilson, as well as our own graduating students. The stage was full of dressed-up students prepared to enter the workforce and make livings for themselves.
The beginning of the proceedings saw Mrs. Adrianne Jones, the Administrative Director at the school, give a short address to the students congratulating them on their achievements and their perseverance in the programs in which they have devoted so much of their time and effort to. Afterward, the Vice Principal of the institute Mr. Matt Edwards came to the podium to present the seniors with their awards.
Each member of the graduating class was recognized with at least one award. Some received one of the various Program Completion Certificates, which came to students who enrolled in a class for six months; others received a Performance Level Certificate for achievement on the NOCTI/NIMS exams. Among some of the classes recognized were the Culinary Arts, Welding Technology, CAD and Engineering Graphics, and the Automotive Collision and Detailing programs.
Once each graduate received recognition, awards for exemplary performance in class were presented. Students received scholarships as well as money towards their education as a result of showing genuine dedication to their craft.
Some of these awards, provided by their corresponding organization or in remembrance of certain people, were CIT Foundation, Inc. Scholarship and Tool Awards, Donald H. Marsh Memorial Award, and the Educational Support Personnel Association “We Believe in You” Award.
Then, for the last recognition of the evening, the “most prestigious,” award as Mr. Edwards put it, was given out. The William A. Foltz Memorial Award is in remembrance of a founder of the school who devoted much of his life to see the school become what it is today. The recipient of the prize would receive a cash prize of 2,000 dollars.
The nominees for this recognition were James A. Barker of Welding Technology, Katie A. Emann, Robin A. Lurch, and Gina M Mesiano of Cosmetology, and James A. Tazzetto of Culinary Arts. After a brief speech by Mr. Eric Kahler, the award was eventually given to James Barker for his incredible commitment to his class. Finally, closing remarks were given and the ceremony reached its conclusion.
Congratulations to all graduating members of the CIT 52nd Senior Class.