Lexington 1 Agriscience teacher Robert Bollier recently received the 2014 Carl Perkins Community Service Award for the Southeast region from the Association for Career and Technical Education.
The award is named in honor of the late Kentucy congressman. It is presented to ACTE members who have used their career and technical education to impact the community with programs and activities that promote involvement.
Bollier, who joined Lexington Technology Center this year, received the award based on his work as an agriscience teacher and Future Farmers of America adviser at Cheraw High School.
While at Cheraw, he helped the school’s FFA chapter start a student-run produce stand to meet a demand for affordable fresh produce. He also used a $1,000 grant to create a school-wide recycling program, and his students partnered with the National Technical Honor Society to work at local Chamber of Commerce and Relay For Life banquets.
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Bollier was named the ACTE’s Region II winner, which covers eight Southeastern states.
The Association for Career and Technical Education is devoted to advancing education that prepares youth and adults for careers.
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Irmo High senior Chandler Abrams recently attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C.
The congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
Abrams was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent South Carolina based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in medicine.
During the three-day congress, she joined students from across the country and heard from leading medical experts about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.