As it prepares to end its inaugural year, the Killeen Independent School District’s Career Center held its first student awards ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Staff honored 10 students from the center’s various career programs, including agriculture, arts and audio visual, automotive technology, construction management, cosmetology, culinary arts, education, welding and information technology.
Center executive director Marvin Rainwater said all students were chosen by their teachers, who used GPA, community service and leadership as criteria.
“They are really a great group of kids, and they deserve to be recognized,” he said.
The awards were handed out by Col. Leo Ruth, brigade commander for Fort Hood’s 85th Civil Affairs Brigade. The brigade is the center’s adopted military unit, and has spent the past few months visiting the campus to assist and mentor students.
“The future is bright for these young people,” Ruth said. “The foundation for their future success has been set.”
Samantha Rosener, a senior in the Arts and AV program, said she didn’t regret her decision to enroll in classes at the center, and enjoyed the way the staff treated the center’s students.
“I loved it, because it felt like you are being treated like an adult, instead of just some student,” said Rosener, who plans to attend Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi in the fall. “I enjoyed the classes and being able to learn about something I was really interested in.”
Donovan Mims, a senior in the center’s culinary arts program, agreed. Mims was chosen as one of the award recipients, in part because he participated in a number of community service projects, such as giving cooking demonstrations.
“It was great getting to come to school and learn to do something I love,” he said. “It was also really fun to go out and cook for people. I love to see people enjoying the food I make.”
As the center’s first school year comes to a close, Rainwater said he was happy with the success of the campus this year, which saw an enrollment of more than 800 students.
“It’s been a very exciting year for us,” he said. “These students came and worked hard, and we are very happy with this first group.”