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Zachary Cottrill Receives 2023 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award from the Explore the New Manufacturing Program


The Explore the New Manufacturing program announced today that Zachary Cottrill has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing award.  A sophomore, Zachary attends Lincoln High School and United Technical Center, where he concentrates on his studies in Machine Tool Technology. Zachary 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. 

“Mr. Cottrill has shown himself to be a highly motivated student and maintains a high standard for himself and those around him,” stated Doug Sands, an instructor at United Technical Center. “As a first-year student, Zachary has completed the NIMS Mill Level 1 project, which is impressive.”

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “Zachary was selected because of his performance in class to be part of a small handful of students to participate in Explore’s Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, partnered with Aurora Flight Sciences. This is very impressive for a sophomore,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas.  

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.       

Zachary’s award is part of Explore’s Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and 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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