WILLIAMSON – The Williamson Kiwanis Club held the R. T. Price Jr. Outstanding Achievement in Career and Technical Education award ceremony on Monday, May 9 at the Tug Valley Inn.
The ceremony was opened by Kiwanis President Judy Hamrick. Invocation was provided by Kiwanis Treasurer Doyle VanMeter. Following the Invocation, the Pledge and song “America” was led by Kiwanis Secretary, Matthew Gilliam.
Dr. Johnny Branch opened the awards dinner with an explanation of the awards. Branch stated, “R.T. Price, Jr. was concerned the Kiwanis looked to other students who may be excelling and deserving and so one of the most natural places for the Kiwanis to look was in the career technical education,” said Kiwanis Member Dr. Johnny Branch.
“We have students completing programs in our schools that give them skills and sometimes skills to enter directly into the workforce, sometimes prepare them for other training beyond high school and some students who are in the career tech programs do go on to traditional college studies. We have students who are presenting in simulated business in school and are learning real world skills and we are very proud to be able to honor them tonight with the R. T. Price, Jr. Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Career and Technical Education,” Branch continued.
Hamrick announced the recipients of the R. T. Price, Jr. award. Three were recognized at the event. Award and recognition was given to Phillip Corey Justice from Belfry High School’s Welding and Electrician program, Emily Murphy from Mingo Central’s welding program and Glenita Newsome from Tug Valley High School’s Health Occupation program.
Those recognized received a plaque and award money. The award money is to be used at the discretion of the winners.
R.T. Price has been a member of Kiwanis for 50 years. Price owned and operated the Price Motor Company in West Williamson for several years.