Erik Contreras

December Skilled Scholars

At Century Career Center each teacher will nominate two students throughout the year to receive the title of Century Career Center Skilled Scholar.

All Century Career and technical education students in grades 10 through 12 are eligible and must be exceptional in some way -- for example, have completed a unique project, done an outstanding good deed either in class or out of class, have demonstrated outstanding or improved grades, attendance, attitude, positive work ethic, effort, most improved, etc.

These students will be a top skilled scholar in their career and technical class and a model student example for others to follow.

Students must be nominated by their Century Career Center instructor and they must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their Century Career Center class. Students will receive a plaque, have an article written about them in the Pharos-Tribune and will have their name engraved on a plaque in the main hallway at Century. In addition, at the end of the year, a banquet is planned in honor of the skilled scholar students and their parents along with this year's sponsors.

Student: Erik Contreras

Instructor: Mrs. Nelson

School of: Advanced Manufacturing

Erik Contreras’ current Century Career Class is in collision repair.

What he likes most about the classes is that “I learn new things everyday.”

After graduation, Erik plans to go to a harder training school.

He believes these classes help prepare him for his future career because “my classes give me the knowledge I need to get my future career.”

Awards Erik has received include the junior varsity soccer award in 2007.

His hobbies include playing soccer with his friends and video games.

He doesn’t have a favorite teacher because “I like all my teachers the same, and they are all good teachers.”

The people he looks up to the most are his parents because “they have always been there for me.”

One of Erik’s proudest moments was “when I got the president award and perfect attendance all three years in middle school.”

Advice he would give to other students about career planning and preparation is “whenever you have free time, sit down and thing about your future plans with your parents and elders.”

Mrs. Nelson

Mrs. Nelson is the instructor in advanced manufacturing and describes Erik’s greatest strengths as being responsibility, reliability, perfection, work ethic, attendance, individual and partner/group work.

She believes Erik deserves this honor because he strives and takes pride in perfection in everything he does.

His greatest accomplishment is “An Island,” which was a short story.

Some major tasks he has learned through this class include writing a feature story based on an interview of a classmate; short story analysis and writing (“Lord of the Flies”); simple essay writing; Julius Ceasar—Drama elements of drama.

Some goals she has for Erik include guiding him to the CCC Honor Society nomination.

She believes that Erik is by far her best and most reliable student who well deserves the honor of the CCC Skilled Scholar nomination.

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