PIKEVILLE – On Thursday, May 12, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2016 Work Ethic Award Reception to honor high school seniors who completed the Chamber’s Work Ethic Award Program. The reception was presented by US Bank and gold sponsor, Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). Students from high schools throughout the region that completed the rigorous program were invited to celebrate their accomplishments at the reception.
The Work Ethic Award Program is designed to serve as a bridge for student transition to adult life. The Work Ethic Award is presented to high school seniors who excel in areas of attendance, punctuality, self-discipline, academics, dependability, respectfulness, cooperation and community service. Students have a full school year to complete the program.
Upon completion of the Program, senior students were eligible to submit an essay for a chance to receive one of four $500 scholarships. The Chamber’s Education Committee uses a blind scoring system to determine the award winners each year.
The winners of the 2016 Work Ethic Award Scholarships are Tara Buckley from East Ridge High School, Sean Hillwig from Pikeville High School, Lakyn Mullins from Shelby Valley High School and Luke Ramey from East Ridge High School. The scholarship sponsors included Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicaid, Appalachian Wireless, Citizens National Bank and Coca-Cola.
As part of the reception, the students heard a keynote address from BSCTC President, Dr. Devin Stephenson. In the speech, Stephenson laid out three simple things he feels students need to do to be successful in life: leave your comfort zone, change your perspective and challenge your skills. “I can tell you that your abilities are going to be tested in a very different way. Your determination is going to be challenged, and your success is going to be measured by the amount of commitment and dedication you’re willing to give,” he said.
“I would like to congratulate our scholarship winners and all of the students who completed the Work Ethic Program,” said Jacob S. Colley, Chamber President and CEO. “I am always pleased with the hard work and effort of the seniors in completing this year-long program and how many students and guests join us to celebrate the accomplishment.”
In the fall, the Chamber will kick off the Work Ethic Award program for next year’s schools seniors by visiting regional high schools to challenge students to commit to exemplifying excellent work ethic in their last year of high school.
For more information on the program and how students and schools can get involved, please contact the Chamber at 606-432-5504
Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (SEKC) is committed to improving the local economy, regional unity, political advocacy, and economic development; ultimately, improving the quality of life for citizens of the entire region. With over 550 member businesses that employ 25,000+ employees in 8 counties, SEKC provides a support network for businesses in Southeast Kentucky.