By Janet Hrezo, CIP Brevard Center
The Brevard Center’s Spring Convocation and Awards Ceremony was held May 7th and we welcomed parents, special guests and Lucy Allaric Gosselin, CIP’s National Assistant Executive Director for Curriculum Development, who joined us in celebrating the accomplishments of our students. Parents came from as far away as Washington and North Dakota and, thanks to Skype computer technology, we were seen in Trinidad and Tobago by the parents of Dane Sampath.
Three students were honored for earning college degrees. Chris Kennedy is graduating with his B.A. from the University of Central Florida while Ben Kesselhaut and Peter Snell are each receiving an A.A. from Brevard Community College. Also recognized were David Kates for completing his A+ certification and Sam Kirby for completing his N+ certification.
Daniel Eakin and Zach Lichterman were named Brevard Center National Art Contest Winner and Runner-Up. Charlie Nielsen earned the Culinary Excellence Award and was honored with the Most Outstanding Progress Award. Ashley Titone received the Community Service Excellence Award while the Wellness Excellence Award went to Ben Kesselhaut and the Tech Award to David Kates. Matt Graham, Andy Gulley and Brian King were each recognized with a Community Service Award and Peter Snell received the Recreational Excellence Award.
Moultrie Woodall was given the Academic Excellence Award and earned the Leadership Award. The award for Social Thinking Excellence went to Sam Kirby. Jay Mikush and Dane Sampath were recognized with the Residential Excellence Award. Jay also received the Perfect Attendance Award. The Student of the Year honor was given to Ben Kesselhaut (upperclassman) and Dane Sampath (first year student). Chris Kennedy was awarded the CIP Ambassador Award and Jennifer Kolarik, Career Coordinator, was honored as Staff of the Year.
Because CIP works closely with community organizations and companies, we were delighted to recognize Wuesthoff Medical Center and the Publix Supermarket at Post Road Commons with awards. Wuesthoff has given our students internship opportunities but, more importantly, has provided a supportive atmosphere where students can learn about both the specific skills needed to perform a job well and the overall skills required succeed in the workplace. Sandy Williams, Manager, Senior Services and Volunteers and Kyle Hasbrouck, IT Department, accepted the award.
Publix, where students do their weekly shopping, is advertised as the place where “shopping is a pleasure” and it has lived up to its reputation. Staff members there are patient and helpful and many know our students by name. Accepting the award was Lori Robinson from Customer Service.
Yearbooks went on sale and were nearly sold out. Thanks to the yearbook staff Daniel Eakin, Andy Gulley, Zachary Lichterman, Dane Sampath, Ashley Titone and Moultrie Woodall and to Dan McManmon, National Marketing Coordinator, for the cover design. Special thanks to Kim Tolley, Administrative Assistant, for creating our beautiful program.
Spring Convocation reminds me once again that success is not accomplished alone. We are working for one goal and together we are making it happen.
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