ERIE — The Manufacturer & Business Association announced the winners of the Patrick R. Locco Scholarship Awards during its fourth annual Manufacturing Day celebration on October 11, 2017 at the Bayfront Convention Center.
Winners are: Isaac Whistler, Crawford County Career and Technical Center; Matthew Manglona, Corry Area Career and Technical Center; Olena Omelchenko, Erie High School, formerly known as Central Career and Technical Center; Jacob McKelvey, Mercer County Career Center; and, Jonah Close, Erie County Technical School.
A $1,200 scholarship has been awarded to winners to assist them in future academic endeavors, and their names are inscribed on plaques prominently displayed at their respective high schools. Nominees each received their awards prior to the event.
Nominees included: Kirin Bean, Joshua Deau and Chanci Davishaw, Erie High School, formerly known as Central Career and Technical Center; Wesley McCray and Caleb Mitulski, Corry Area Career Technical Center; Katelyn DeArment, Paige Hazen, Dakota Price and Dominic Steiger from Crawford County Career and Technical Center; Kyle Heliker, Bryanna Slater and Austin Shumate from Erie County Technical School; and, Braxston Cataldi and Robert McMurdy from Mercer County Career Center.
The Locco Awards were created by the Association to recognize outstanding high school students who distinguish themselves in pursuit of technical and academic excellence. Students must be nominated by a teacher to be considered. Each school narrows the nominees to their top five candidates. These students are interviewed by local businesspeople who choose the winners.