Win­kler named CRD Stu­dent of the Year

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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.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

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.

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