Caldwell County High School students who earned Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Student of the Week honors throughout the school year were presented with the prizes they would have received during a year-end banquet in April.
The prizes were brought to the Caldwell Regional Career Center on May 20 by Joel Crider, workforce coordinator for AGC of Western Kentucky.
The student of the week feature was published over 29 weeks from September to March in The Paducah Sun and is sponsored by AGC of Western Kentucky. Stories on local students were reprinted in The Times Leader.
Students who earn the weekly honor receive prizes at the banquet, usually associated with their field of study in the seven area technical centers in this region. The banquet was canceled because of health concerns associated with COVID-19.
Outgoing senior Noah Helphenstine, who studied welding, was named the Student of the Year for the Caldwell Regional Career Center and earned $500 for that honor. He was the Student of the Week for Sept. 20.
“Most of these guys have summer jobs,” CRCC welding instructor Mickey Bayer said. “Helphenstine is working out here on the (Michael Brown) farm welding — he loves to weld — but he is starting at the school of medicine at the University of Pikeville in the fall.”
Graduating senior Leo Cruz, a plumbing student, was named Student of the Week on Jan. 31, while former sophomore Dylan Fox, a carpentry student, was named to the honor Dec. 13 and outgoing sophomore Brayden Stanley, a welding student, earned the honor March 20.
“I had Leo in welding, too, and he switched to plumbing,” Bayer said. “We’ve got one of the few plumbing programs in the state. He’s employed through the board of education up to now, and they’re swapping him over to where he’ll be a CTE (Career and Technical Education) employee starting next year.”
Crider has coordinated the weekly feature, now in its third year of promoting outstanding high school students who prepare to enter the workforce after graduation in areas such as carpentry, plumbing, electricity, welding and automotive technology.
The seven area technology centers in western Kentucky include the new Paducah Innovation Hub — replacing the Paducah Area Technical Center in August — along with the Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Caldwell County Regional Career Center, Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton County, Marshall County Technical Center, Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center and the Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center.