Three Bethel Park High School students have been recognized as the October Students of the Month in their respective programs by the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education.
The honorees included junior, Jake Borkowski (Carpentry); and sophomores, Jake Brown (Automotive Technology) and Nick Grady (Welding).
Each month, Steel Center’s very best students are recognized for their consistently high achievement and outstanding overall performance. The recognition is meant to acknowledge the students’ unwavering commitment to their career and technical education as demonstrated by their outstanding achievement.
Borkowski, who hopes to join the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program after high school, loves the intellectual challenges presented by the Carpentry program and the camaraderie he has with his classmates. “It is definitely a difficult program and you have to take it seriously; but everyone is there for the same reason and we also have a lot of fun,” he said. “It has just been a great way to begin developing skills that I will need down the line while also making a lot of friends along the way.”
Brown loves his Automotive Technology classes and considers Mr. Michael Castelli one of the best teachers he’s ever had. “He is just a lot of fun to be around and he has greatly helped to expand my knowledge about every aspect of the automobile,” he said. Brown, whose mother works for the 171st Air Fueling Wing in Moon Township, could see himself also working there one day. “Just having been out there so many times over the years and getting a good feel for the entire wing and the people who work there, it just feels like home,” he said. “I would love to be an auto mechanic for the Air Force.”
Grady characterizes his Welding class as being very safety-conscious and professional, but also very enjoyable. “My classmates are just a great group of people and we have a great time together,” he said. Grady estimates that his class spends its first 20 minutes of every day going over the theoretical aspects of their project before moving over to the shop to apply those lessons to their projects. “My welding skills have improved quite a bit through this program,” he said. The sophomore aspires to be a pilot and upon graduation, plans to join the United States Air Force.