Jonathan Hladney from Brackenridge, PA, was recently named the 2014 Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student during the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held in Greenville, SC.
Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one U.S. or Canadian high school senior for outstanding achievement in automotive technology and auto shop repair scholastics. Hladney received a $2,500 scholarship, a check for $500 and roundtrip airfare and accommodations for himself and a guest to attend the NACAT conference.
“Mitchell 1 is proud to recognize Jonathan Hladney for his outstanding achievement and strong dedication to pursuing educational excellence in the automotive technology field,” said Nick DiVerde, senior marketing director, Mitchell 1. “With Jonathan’s drive and enthusiasm for making a difference in the aftermarket, we know he will one day accomplish his dreams.”
Hladney graduated from Highlands High School in Natrona Heights, PA. in June 2014. While in school, he received the National Technical Honor Society award twice, was a member of SkillsUSA and was employed as an apprentice technician at Spitzer Toyota/Scion in Monroeville, PA.
He will attend the Rosedale Technical Institute in Pittsburgh. in the fall, where he is enrolled in the automotive technology program, and is expected to graduate in March 2015. His ultimate career goal is to open his own automotive repair shop.
To be eligible for the Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student scholarship, applicants must be a current student majoring in automotive technology/auto shop repair course work and must meet the following criteria: be nominated by his/her NACAT instructor, maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA, have plans to attend (or already be enrolled in) an accredited college or university, and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.