Each year, five high school and five adult students are nominated for Superintendent’s Student of the Year, the highest honor awarded during Metro Tech’s school year. Students are nominated by Site Directors, based on grades, attendance, leadership skills and character traits; and the winner is announced during the Metro Tech Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, May 12.
This year’s nominees for Adult Student of the Year are:
Aviation Careers Campus (ACC)
After seeing his brother-in-law complete the aviation program, which led to a career at Tinker Air Force Base, Michael Johnson decided to follow in his footsteps. Before returning to school as an adult, Michael made a commitment to himself and his wife that education would be his primary focus until he finished. That commitment, along with the rigor of the program, has helped him become a more disciplined person and his family is very proud of his accomplishments. Michael was awarded the Outstanding Student Award and the Gold Attendance Award for both years of his program. He is described by his instructors as a student who fosters fellowship and success for his classmates.
Health Careers Center (HCC)
Lee Marrs has a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and recently retired after serving 20 years as the CEO of a successful company. He returned to school at the age of 65 to pursue a Medical Assisting certification to volunteer in a medical clinic. Through his program, Lee has gained well-rounded skills that will help him make a meaningful contribution to the lives of others. He described the program as the most rigorous school he’s attended in his life. He is a member of HOSA, and serves on the Director’s Student Leadership Committee. Lee’s instructor describes him as a role model for other students in his class, always maintaining a positive attitude and following through with commitments.
Information Technology Center (ITC)
Remetia Tillis has been interested in a legal field career since the days of watching Matlock as a child. A mother to five children, Remetia maintained a 4.0 GPA with 97% attendance throughout her program. She serves as the Social Officer for Business Professionals of America and in that capacity, she organizes community service efforts for her class including work with Real Rescue Animal Shelter, Women’s Shelter and the Infant Crisis Center. Her Metro Tech education has allowed her to gain skills that will lead to a promising career, and she is grateful for the encouragement from her teacher.
Metro Career Academy (MCA) BEST Program
South Bryant Campus (SBC)
A father to two daughters, Guillermo Buenrostro returned to school as an adult to become an electrician. A member of the National Technical Honor Society, he enjoys the hands-on learning he experiences in the Electrical Technology program. He puts his heart into the program every day to accomplish the many goals he has for himself and his family. His teacher describes him as a hard-working student who is looked upon as a role model by his peers.