State Fair Career and Technology Center (SFCTC) student Alexis Roark, a senior at Green Ridge High School, has won the regional Breaking Traditions award for students enrolled in a career-technical education program that is nontraditional for his/her gender.
Roark, a student in the SFCTC Building Trades class, received the award March 20 in a surprise presentation on campus. Janet Bagby, regional career education coordinator, presented Roark with a plaque and certificate. She also will receive a scholarship from the Foundation for Missouri Women.
SFCTC Building Trades instructor Steve Gann and SFCTC counselor Stacie Wild nominated Roark, who plans to study construction.
The Breaking Traditions Awards are an annual recognition of outstanding nontraditional career education students and the educators and employers who support them. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of College and Career Readiness, sponsors Breaking Traditions. Nontraditional students are defined as those studying for careers that are traditionally chosen by the opposite gender.
In the photo: State Fair Career and Technology Center (SFCTC) student Alexis Roark receives the regional Breaking Traditions award. From left, Stacie Wild, SFCTC counselor; Scott Bachus, SFCTC director; Roark; Steve Gann, SFCTC Building Trades instructor; Janet Bagby, regional career education coordinator; and Debi Pond, Green Ridge High School counselor. Photo submitted.