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Student of the Month

This award is sponsored each month by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee, and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success, and service. This month, Lily Devlin, was selected. She is a senior at Abington Senior High School and is being honored for her work in EASTERN’s Design, Photography, and Illustration program.

About Lily:

Lily has always been interested in art and had taken several art classes at Abington Senior High School before attending EASTERN.

At EASTERN, Lily serves as the Occupational Advisory Committee student representative for the Design, Photography, and Illustration program, providing a valuable student perspective on curriculum and program issues.

Lily is a member of the Abington Senior High School National Honor Society and participates in several activities at Abington. She serves as Co-President of Our Minds Matter, a club that provides a safe space for students to discuss mental health issues. Additionally, Lily is a member of AbingTHON, a club that raises money for various charitable causes throughout the year.

After graduation from Abington Senior High School and EASTERN, Lily plans to attend Thomas Jefferson University for a bachelor's degree in graphic design, and then to pursue a career in that industry.

Lily’s accomplishments:

In February 2024, she was nominated by EASTERN as a Presidential Scholar and was selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the US Department of Education as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education. From a pool of 600 nationwide finalists, the White House Commission will choose 161 students for this esteemed recognition. Lily was the sole Career and Technical candidate selected to represent Pennsylvania.

In February, Lily also received a silver medal at the SkillsUSA District Competition in CTE Demo.

Lily has earned Adobe InDesign and Illustrator certifications through her EASTERN program, which are standard in the graphic design industry.

Last summer, Lily participated in a t-shirt design contest for AbingTHON's Gold Out Football game in late September, which benefited pediatric cancer research. Her design was chosen for the event.

 At EASTERN’s 2023 Awards Night, Lily was awarded free tuition to an art camp at Penn College of Technology.

This award is sponsored each month by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee, and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success, and service. This month, Gabriel Rodriguez, was selected. He is a senior at Cheltenham High School and is being honored for his work in EASTERN’s Construction Technology program.

About Gabriel:

Before enrolling in EASTERN's Construction Technology program, Gabriel was already interested in woodworking and engineering.

During the summer of 2022, he was an apprentice for a small construction company in The Czech Republic, assisting in the building of mini homes and structural frames.

When Gabriel was in tenth grade at Cheltenham, he visited EASTERN to see if it might be a good fit for him. Gabriel chose Construction Technology because he wanted to prepare for postsecondary in Civil Engineering.

At Cheltenham High School, Gabriel is part of the Pep Band and Indoor Drum Line, where he plays electric guitar and electric bass.

Mr. Jeff Pakula, EASTERN’s Construction Technology Instructor, commended Gabriel as a committed student who exudes a positive attitude and maintains a professional demeanor. “Gabriel grasps concepts quickly and readily lends a helping hand to his classmates. I am proud that he is representing the Construction Technology program and EASTERN as Student of the Month,” said Mr. Pakula.

Gabriel plans to spend the year after graduation in Germany volunteering his carpentry skills.  When he returns, he plans to pursue postsecondary education with a major in Civil Engineering, and a minor in Music.

Gabriel’s accomplishments:

 At EASTERN, Gabriel excels in his Construction Technology program and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society.

In October 2023, Gabriel was selected for a National Hispanic Heritage Month Student Spotlight.

At EASTERN’s Awards Night in May 2023, Gabriel received the Straight A Award.

Through his Construction Technology program, Gabriel received his OSHA certification in 2023, which ensures that he has been properly educated and tested on safe working conditions in his industry.

This award is sponsored each month by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee, and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success, and service. This month, Jane Rickards, was selected. She is a senior at Abington Senior High School and is being honored for her work in EASTERN’s Robotics and Automated Technology program.

About Jane:

Jane’s fascination with technology led her to explore EASTERN during her tenth-grade year, prompted by a presentation at Abington Senior High School and insights from EASTERN/Abington students sharing their experiences. During her visit in tenth grade, she had the opportunity to observe the Robotics and Automated Technology as well as Welding Technology programs.

Jane is extremely active at EASTERN. She is a member of SkillsUSA, EASTERN’s student leadership organization and was part of the team that participated in the Chapter Display competitions in 2023 and is competing again this school year.

At Abington Senior High School, Jane is an Honor Roll student involved in activities such as a Stage Crew, and Link Crew – a club that helps welcome first-year students to the high school. She is also an Honor Roll student at Abington Senior High School.

“Jane is an outstanding student and dedicated to the engineering field,” said Hayley Granacher, EASTERN’s School to Career Coordinator/Jane’s Student of the Month Nominator. “Her internship supervisors, Mr. Felmey (EASTERN’s Electrical Technology Instructor), and Mr. Fox (EASTERN’s Facilities Manager) were so impressed with her hard work and professionalism. Her involvement and contributions to SkillsUSA are known and appreciated, school wide. I am pleased to be her Student of the Month Nominator and am so proud of her.”

After graduation from EASTERN and Abington Senior High School, Jane plans to attend Penn State Abington, and then complete her degree in Electromechanical Engineering at Penn State Berks.

Jane’s accomplishments:

Through her Robotics and Automated Technology program, Jane is completing industry-standard certifications through Universal Robotics e-Series in Core Track, Pro Track, and Application Track.

At EASTERN’s Awards Night in May 2023, Jane received the Straight A Award.

Jane was selected by EASTERN’s Facilities Team to work on electrical and facility upgrades as a paid intern over the summer of 2023.

Last year, Jane was nominated by her Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor for a National Women’s History Month student spotlight.

Jane was a volunteer for EASTERN’s student focus groups during the 2022 – 2023 and 2023 – 2024 school years, and volunteered for EASTERN’s Designer Bag Bingo fundraiser in 2023.

This award is sponsored each month by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee, and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success, and service. This month, Theodore Stadanlick was selected.  He is a senior at Jenkintown High School and is being honored for his work in EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology program. 

About Theodore:

Theodore first learned about EASTERN from a friend from school who was a senior in Welding Technology.  When he was in tenth grade, he came to visit EASTERN, and Collision Repair Technology was one of the programs he chose to tour. Theodore immediately felt like he belonged in that program and was excited to bring his family to EASTERN’s Open House.

Theodore is extremely active at EASTERN.  He volunteered as a student volunteer for EASTERN’s Open House in March 2023 and as a student speaker for the EASTERN recruitment presentation at Jenkintown High School in 2022 and 2023.

At Jenkintown, Theodore plays Varsity Football, is a member of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, is a bassist in the Jazz Band, and has acted in several theater productions. 

“Teddy is a great student who consistently maintains a positive attitude,” said Mr. Steve Parke, EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology Instructor. “He has an impressive work ethic and communication skills.  He is always willing to assist with events here at EASTERN.  I am proud of all of his accomplishments.”

After graduation from EASTERN and Jenkintown High School, Theodore plans to attend Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA to continue his education in Collision Repair.   

Theodore’s accomplishments:

His instructor chose him to attend the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Leadership Conference in the Poconos in November 2022.

Theodore received the prestigious Director’s Award at EASTERN’s Awards Night ceremony in May 2023.

He is a first-degree black belt in Karate at Extreme Karate and Kickboxing.

 

This award is sponsored each month by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee, and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success, and service. This month, Kenneth McKenzie, was selected.  He is a senior at Abington Senior High School and is being honored for his work in EASTERN’s Protective Services program. 

About Kenneth:

When Kenneth was in tenth grade at Abington Senior High School, he visited EASTERN.  Before the visit, Kenneth knew that EASTERN was a career and technical high school that provided training in skilled trades.  When he visited the Protective Services program, he knew this would be a great head start on his career in the military and emergency medicine. 

In the community, Kenneth is a volunteer member at Second Alarmers Rescue Squad, a Junior Volunteer Firefighter at Abington Fire Company, and is in the Recruit Sustainment Program for the Army National Guard.

In February 2024, Kenneth will begin an internship at the Willow Grove Second Alarmer’s Association & Rescue Squad.

 “Kenneth is organized, dedicated, and a role model for the class,” said Mr. Michael Raggi, EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor.  “He understands the value of volunteerism and truly wants to give back to his community.  I am proud of his efforts and am thrilled to see him honored as EASTERN’s December Student of the Month.”

After graduation from EASTERN and Abington Senior High School, Kenneth will attend basic training and advanced individualized training for the Army National Guard. He then plans to attend postsecondary for a degree in public health/emergency medicine and to obtain his paramedic certification.

Kenneth’s accomplishments:

At EASTERN, Kenneth is on the Protective Services Occupational Advisory Committee as a student representative.

Kenneth is the Protective Services class Lieutenant, which is the highest rank.

As a junior, he received the Straight A Award at EASTERN’s Awards Night ceremony held in May 2023. 

Kenneth has already obtained his Firefighter 1 certification.