ERIE – The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) announced the winners of the 2022 Patrick R. Locco Scholarship Awards, during the ninth annual Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) celebration on Wednesday, October 12, at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier.
2022 Locco Award winners are: Brilie Ann Tasker of the Corry Area Career & Technical Center; Chase Miller of the Crawford County Career & Technical Center; Jairo Sandoval of Erie High School; Tyler Chorney of the Erie County Technical School; and, Nate Leksell of the Mercer County Career Center.
Additional nominees include: David Parrett Jr., Taylor Elchynski, Jacob Kuberry and Trey Proper of the Corry Area Career & Technical Center; Garrick Jordan of the Crawford County Career & Technical Center; Joseph Smith and Jamear Moffett of Erie High School; Angela Dobmeier, Lewis Kuss, Connor Bablak and Anthony Ingro of the Erie County Technical School; and, Deven Olson and Jeno Grasso of the Mercer County Career Center.
“This is a major achievement and one that should be celebrated,” said Lori Joint, interim president and chief executive officer of the MBA. “These students are among the best and brightest students in technical education in our region, and we are proud to support them on their educational journey.”
The Locco Awards, which are named in honor of the late Association Vice President Patrick R. Locco, a strong advocate of vocational education, were created in 1972 (then known as the Golden Watch Awards) with the sole purpose to recognize outstanding high school students who distinguish themselves in the pursuit of technical and academic excellence. To be considered for this prestigious honor, students must apply and be nominated by a teacher. Each school then narrows the nominees to their top candidates. Students are then interviewed by local businesspeople who ultimately choose the winners.
This year, the student winners each received a $1,000 scholarship.