Sussex Technical School District has nominated two of the five winners who were honored by the Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education (DACCTE) for their contributions to Career and Technical Education in Delaware.

Sussex Technical School District has nominated two of the five winners who were honored by the Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education (DACCTE) for their contributions to Career and Technical Education in Delaware.

Sussex Tech senior Priyen Patel was the co-recipient of the Paige M. Henry Outstanding Career and Technical Education Student Award and I.G. Burton & Company was honored for Outstanding Contribution by a business, industry, agency, labor union or trade association.

Priyen is the valedictorian of the Class of 2013. He was dual-enrolled in the health professions program and also worked in the electronics technical area. He won state competitions and placed nationally in Skills USA and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Nursing and Assisting Competition events. He had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama through his award-winning pharmaceutical filtration presentation in the National BioGENEius Challenge. Priyen has also volunteered for several community organizations through which he twice received the Presidential Volunteer Award.

I.G. Burton & Company have partnered with the school since its beginning in 1961. I.G. Burton & Company contributes scholarship money toward continuing education opportunities that enable students to graduate and seek higher education to sharpen and professionalize their skills.The president and owner of I.G. Burton also agreed to do a promotional video commenting on the attributes and strengths of Sussex Tech's automotive program.

I.G. Burton employees who have always been willing to assist Sussex Tech include owner Charlie Burton, M.J. Lofland, Pete Renzi, George Schifferer, and Keith McDonald.

Other winners named by DACCTE were: Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - John F. Sobieski, III, owner of Sobieski, Inc.; Nicholas A. Buono, CTE specialist at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School; Paige M. Henry Outstanding CTE Student Award co-recipient – Ryan M. Upchurch, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School.