MEDINA — Sawyer Braley has received the American Welding Society’s Niagara Frontier Scholarship.
Braley is a senior at Albion High School. He’s a student at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Orleans Career and Technical Education Center
He will be using his $3,000 scholarship to continue his education at the Kentucky Welding Institute in Flemingsburg, Ky. He also thanked his teachers Ron Jackson and Adam Zerby.
“It’s so exciting to get this scholarship,” Braley said in a news release. “I plan on becoming a certified pipe welder and this money is really going to help me out with my tuition, I have just loved being in the welding program here at BOCES. It has been great getting a hands-on education and I can’t thank Mr. Jackson and Mr. Zerby enough for helping me out and teaching me what I know.”
Jackson and Zerby were also proud of Braley’s accomplishments.
“He is a phenomenal kid,” Jackson said. “He is a hard worker, very likeable and makes us look good.”
Zerby said it makes him feel good to see Braley follow in his own career path of pipe welding.
“He is self-motivated and very career oriented,” Zerby said. “He is a very impressive person and I am sure in five years’ time, he will be running his own company.”
Joseph Schmidt, an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Welding at Niagara County Community College and Steven Frey, a Welding Educator/Inspector at NCCC, were on the committee to determine the winner of the scholarship.
“We were very impressed with Sawyer’s commitment to welding, his great grades, his outside commitments to the Boy Scouts and giving back to his community,” Schmidt said. “Not to mention he won our Weld-Off and took third place at the New York State SkillsUSA competition. He is just an outstanding student.”