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Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Winner Of Student Of The Year Award

This year’s recipient is Samantha Welch, a high school senior studying collision repair at Greater Southern Tier BOCES Coopers Education Center in Painted Post, New York.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation has selected the winner of its “Collision Student of the Year” award. The winning students are currently studying collision repair and were nominated by their collision instructor. This year’s recipient is Samantha Welch, a high school senior studying collision repair at Greater Southern Tier BOCES Coopers Education Center in Painted Post, New York. Welch was nominated by her instructor Brian McDonnell.

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Both the winner and her instructor will receive a trip to SEMA 2019 where the pair will be honored at the Education Foundation’s evening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

“Sam has all the admirable qualities one would want as a student or employee,” said McDonnell in his nomination letter to the Foundation. “She is incredibly hard working and never hesitates to help her fellow classmates or myself.”

The Foundation also announced two individuals who were runners up for the 2019 Student of the Year award. The runners up include:

• Kassidy Nixon, Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, North Carolina.

• Zachary Royer, Greene County Career & Technology Center, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

All industry members are welcome to join the Collision Repair Education Foundation during SEMA 2019 to celebrate Welch’s achievement who will be honored at the Collision Repair Education Foundation Industry Reception at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Renaissance Hotel. Registration for the free event is available online.

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