Where you are from? I am from Clarks Summit, Pa., which is a suburb of Scranton, PA
What sparked your interest in a career in the skilled trades? My interest in trades was sparked at an early age. I have always loved construction equipment, tractor trailers, and cars. Since I was only 4 at the time, the closest I could get to the real deal were the numerous Tonka trucks in my sandbox. It wasn’t until eighth grade when I had to do an extensive research project on a potential future career, that I saw myself going into the trades. I researched becoming an operating engineer and that idea stuck in my head all through high school.
During my senior year at Abington Heights High School, through the work-study program, I was able to intern with the fantastic team at Five Star Equipment in Dunmore, PA. This allowed me to gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in my field by working with heavy equipment. I also worked full time with the company during the summer.
What school will you be attending? Last fall, I applied and was accepted to Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa.
What field of study are you embarking on? I am enrolled in a dual degree major. When I graduate in three years, I will have two associate degrees as a heavy equipment technician and a heavy equipment operator.
How did you hear about the 2018 Work Ethic Scholarship? I heard about the Work Ethic Scholarship from my scoutmaster.
What area of Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T pledge resonates the most with you as your pursue your new career? The S.W.E.A.T Pledge statement that resonates with me the most is number 12. It states, “I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off." Since I was in middle school, I have always jumped at the chance to mow someone’s lawn, do some landscaping, or shovel sidewalks and driveways in the winter. In addition, I am an Eagle Scout. Becoming an Eagle Scout meant many early Saturday mornings volunteering at troop member’s Eagle Scout projects. I also did a lot of volunteer work at any camp or trip I attended. Doing all this work helped me improve and strengthen my work ethic and kept some money in my pocket, too. I worked full time this summer, and I know that I have many many years ahead of me working full time. Thus, I am happy I always woke up a little earlier on the weekends.