Winkler named CRD Student of the Year
Lauren Winkler, a senior at Maurice J. McDonough High School, was named the Career Research and Development (CRD) Student of the Year for 2017 at the annual employer/ employee breakfast held April 21. Winkler worked at Chick-fil-A, a fastfood restaurant in La Plata.
Winkler was selected for the award following three levels of competition both at the school and county levels, according to a news release. Committees composed of staff members, community members and business representatives interviewed students. As student of the year, Winkler received a $2,000 scholarship to be spent at a college, trade school or on certification classes of her choice.
“I learned a lot from working and the program. I would have been working anyway, so it was nice to also receive credit,” Winkler said following the announcement. Working at Chick-fil-A was Winkler’s first job, and she now works at Paige’s of Time Early Learning Center.
Winkler’s supervisor at Chickfil-A, Ryan Coker, said she was hard working, eager to learn and friendly. “No matter what is going on outside, Lauren brings a happy vibe to her work,” he said.
Runners-up for the award were Emani Clark of St. Charles High School and Brittany Cartner of Thomas Stone High School. Clark and Cartner each received a $1,000 scholarship.
Student nominees, all seniors, are selected by their high schools and forwarded to a school system committee for consideration. Nominees were Jalen Savoy and Julie Welch of La Plata High School, Mason Galloway of Henry E. Lackey High School, Taylor Stanka of St. Charles High School and Brittany Joseph of North Point High School. The CRD Advisory Committee interviewed and selected the three finalists, Winkler, Clark and Cartner.
There were 76 students participating in the 2016-17 school year program and 61 different employers supervised the students. The CRD program was formerly known as the Cooperative Education Program, and provides a bridge from school to work, classroom instruction, work experience and onthe-job training related to a student’s career goals.
The Cooperative Education Program was launched in 1971 at La Plata and Lackey high schools, expanded to Thomas Stone in 1972 and has gradually been added to every high school in the county. Students interested in the program can contact the CRD coordinator at their school.
CRD Student of the Year, left, Lauren Winkler of Maurice J. McDonough High School, poses with her employer, Ryan Coker, director of customer experience at Chick-fil-A in La Plata.