Crystal Rogers from Gray Court, S.C., received the Automotive Technology Outstanding Student Scholarship at the 2010 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Conference held recently at the Seminole State College of Florida in Sanford, Fla. Each year Mitchell 1 recognizes one U.S. high school senior for outstanding achievement in automotive technology scholastics.
During the awards ceremony, Rogers was presented with a check for $2,500 along with a recognition certificate courtesy of Mitchell 1.
“Mitchell 1 is proud to have the opportunity to recognize Crystal Rogers for her outstanding achievement and strong dedication to pursuing educational excellence in the automotive technology field,” says Karen Wagner, senior marketing manager for Mitchell 1.
Rogers recently graduated from Laurens District 55 High School in Laurens, S.C. She will attend Tri-County Technical College in its bridge program and major in mechanical engineering. She plans to transfer to Clemson University in her sophomore year to continue her education. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree, Rogers would like to pursue a master’s degree in automotive engineering.
By the time she graduated high school, Rogers was a four-year automotive student in a three-year course of study. Not only did she choose to stay an “extra” year, but she also received straight A’s in the program. She was involved in the NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) competition this year, as well as participated in 10 career fairs at five local middle schools to talk to younger students about her high school’s automotive technology program. In addition to her school classes, Rogers worked 25-30 hours a week at her job.
“One of the reasons that I chose this career path is that I simply love being around cars,” says Rogers. “Having the opportunity to take automotive classes in high school has helped me realize that cars are my true passion, and to be able to work with cars and design my own is simply the best career possible in my opinion.”
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