Monett student wins Breaking Traditions award

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Monett student Jessica Terry, in Auto Collision Repair at Scott Regional Technology Center, Monett, won the Secondary Spirit Award as part of the 2017 Breaking Traditions Awards.

The awards are given by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which honors students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional career paths. A total of nine Missourians, including Terry, were recognized at an award ceremony in Jefferson City. 

“These winners demonstrate passion and commitment for the field of their choice,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “They set a great example for future generations.” 

State and Spirit winners will receive scholarship offers from most Missouri community colleges and from the State Technical College of Missouri. Scholarship amounts and guidelines vary and are set by each school. Each State, Spirit and Regional winner who continues his or her education next fall will receive a $100 scholarship from the Missouri STEM Foundation. 

The Breaking Traditions program also recognizes outstanding educators who teach in nontraditional career education programs, and employers who are supportive of students’ nontraditional career choices. Nontraditional career paths are in occupations or fields of work in which one gender comprises less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that field.  

Breaking Traditions supports Missouri’s goal of ensuring that all students graduate ready for success in college and career.