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Cody Buckley Receives 2021 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award

picture of meSouth Charleston, WV, May 14, 2021 – The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Cody Buckley has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award for his work in the classroom. A South Charleston High School student, Buckley has excelled in his honors engineering classes and hopes to pursue a career in civil engineering or carpentry.   Buckley will receive a $500 award designated for scholarships, certification fees, or specialty equipment.  He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia. 

“Cody exemplifies a student of excellence and is involved in many programs throughout SCHS and a group leader in pre-engineering. He has assisted in implementing cooperative learning in our engineering classes and has been a dedicated student who has strengthened SCHS's PLTW program. Cody has certifications in Safety, Autodesk Inventor, and Revit, and the four courses in the SCHS Project Lead the Way program. Cody is a standout in the community and has a positive attitude every day,” Tambra Kascic, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering and Robotics Instructor, South Charleston High School.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing & Outstanding Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “Cody’s leadership and determination are commendable.  The Explore Team is delighted to recognize him for his hard work in the PLTW Program and excellence in the classroom,” Monica Cross, Program Director of Explore the New Manufacturing. 

The EMERGING ELITE IN MANUFACTURING Awards recognize West Virginia high school students who have excelled in manufacturing related technical education and STEM courses.  Each awardee demonstrates workforce-ready technical and communication skills critical to successful employee performance.       

Buckley’s award is part of the 14-day awards announcement series. Join us daily at noon as the Explore Team rolls out the 2021 recipients of the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and the Outstanding Industry Educator Awards.  Profiles of all award recipients will be available on the Explore the New Manufacturing website after they have been announced.

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