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Taylor Career Center Holds Student Awards Ceremony

Students were honored with awards and scholarships at the Taylor Career and Technology Center Leadership and Skills Achievement Awards Program.

Over 100 certificates were handed out for completion of programs in architecture design, child guidance, computer networking, culinary arts, graphic design, welding and more. Students that competed in the 2018-19 District, Region and State SkillsUSA and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) competitions were acknowledged, along with over 50 students that received certifications; four National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), 14 Photoshop and 33 Texas Food Handlers.

Auto Collision student Eric Rodriguez received the Principal’s Award from Michael Shelton. “Eric was chosen for the recognition due to his level of dedication to his program of study and excellent academic performance,” said Shelton. “He displayed exceptional skills within his program and was willing to assist his peers with a smile on his face if a difficult task was encountered.” Rodriguez was assisted with employment through Taylor at Collision & Classics Certified Collision Care Center and has aspirations to become the owner of an automotive company in the future.

Scholarships included Ki’yana Williams, $2000 from Texas Southern; Camille Carr and Diana Echeverria, $1000 from the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Shoot-Out; Lamson Nguyen $500 from LIT; and Paola Zapot and Eric Rodriguez $250 from LIT.  


Additional recognitions included:

Outstanding Students of the Year - J’Wan Young and Maria Anez

Library Award - Destinee Griffin

SkillsUSA state participants:

Computer Networking-Internetworking - Lamson Nguyen

Cosmetology II Mannequin Project - Regina Green, Leslie Ordaz, Daisha Strout, Jocelyn Trejo

Manicure-Nail Art/Care - Yenifer Perez, Christina Morgan, Tanya Castillo, Hannia Cardenas


TAFE state participants:

Interactive Bulletin Board-Secondary - D’Asia Johnson and Skylar Kirk - First Place

Portfolio - Beatriz Acosta - Superior

Exploring Education-Administration Careers - Jacquelin Ramirez

Exploring Education-Administration Careers-Portfolio - Esveiri Arteaga - Superior

Exploring Support Services Careers - Angelica Martinez

Exploring Non-Core Career - Janette Rodriquez


Outstanding Student and Academic Excellence:

Auto Collision - Eric Rodriguez, Aaron White

Auto Technology - Zoey Peoples, J’Wan Young

Computer Maintenance/Networking - Maria Anez

Cosmetology I - Zoe Rodriguez

Manicure - Hannia Cardenas


“The 2018-19 school year at Taylor has been increasingly productive with great strives made to empower students enrolled in one of the 15 programs of study,” said Shelton. “These students worked hard in their academic classes as well as programs of study while advancing to district, regional, and state competitions.”