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Class of 2020 student speakers: ‘Lyco CTC will help pave the way’

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Lycoming Career and Technology Center student Shawn Simmons of Muncy, left, receives his certificate for Student of the Year from Executive Director Eric Butler at the school in Hughesville during their drive-thru graduation Wednesday evening. The school graduated 90 students in two graduations,. Shawn also spoke at the graduations.

I have been part of the automotive technology program at Lycoming Career and Tecnology Center for the past three years. I have had a passion for cars ever since I was a little boy, a trait that runs in my family. I am proud to be Lyco CTC’s Student of the Year.

I would like to start off thanking Mr. Kline, Mr. Wood and Mr. Shimel for their support and guidance over the last three years. Without the patience and practice, I would not be here today. During my time at Lyco, I have gathered an immense amount of skills and knowledge in the automotive program.

I have several great memories from the past three years. One of the best memories is when Mr. Wood took Dakota and I for a ride around the parking lot in his golf cart that we had worked on. Or the time I got oil in my hair while working on a truck and I smelled like it for a week. No matter what the memories are, they will not be forgotten. Besides the fun and memories, the most important part is the skills and knowledge we have all learned.

Everyday that I woke up for school I looked forward to going because I knew I was coming here to see my teachers I enjoyed working with and the new friends I met from other schools.

Whether we are going off to college, the military or entering the workforce, these fundamental skills we have learned here at Lyco CTC will help pave the way for our futures.

My time at Lyco has been fun and fast, but was never wasted. Although my time here is almost done, the knowledge and memories I have gathered will not be forgotten.

All of us came to Lyco for one goal, to pursue our true interests and we are leaving with life skills that we would not have achieved elsewhere.

With these skills and knowledge, I now have the confidence to expand on that. This fall, I am going on to Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue the automotive program with a Honda emphasis.

My advice to give to other students at Lyco is if an opportunity comes your way, don’t be afraid to take it and make the best of it — no matter how scary it may be. You could be securing yourself a job opportunity for the future and not even realize it.

In closing, I would also like to thank my parents, grandparents and friends for helping me be the best person I can be.

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