MTI Students in the News

Marcos Aviles
Marcos Aviles
Picture taken by Maura Howl

Bayshore student excels at Manatee Technical Institute (Bradenton Herald)

By ERIC HENRY — Special to the Herald

Bayshore High School offers students the opportunity to go above and beyond what is required of them in high school via the dual enrollment system, and junior Marcos Aviles has gone even further than that, earning Manatee Technical Institute’s student of the year award for 2012-13. MTI gives this award to the student who has excelled the most academically, and who has displayed the greatest class participation, work ethic, and study habits.  “Marcos was once a frequent flyer in ISS (in-school suspension),” said ISD (in-school detention supervisor) Bridget Jones. “I am elated about his success.”  Marcos is currently studying digital design, and proved himself to be the hardest-working and most award-worthy student on campus.  “I feel successful,” said Marcos “I am really proud of myself.”  Any students who are interested in taking dual enrollment courses at MTI of State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota should speak with their guidance counselors.

Oscar Gallegos

Student striving to make a difference (Herald-Tribune)

Bayshore High School senior Oscar Gallegos has one resolution for this year: Make a positive impact on his community.

A summer education trip taught him that each opinion counts and that each person can make a difference.

Oscar participated in Close Up’s Civic Education Program in Washington, D.C., in June. Educational activities included workshops and debate competitions. He said the best part was meeting with the Florida politicians, including U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and Sen. Bill Nelson.

Oscar learned how the voice of each citizen can be heard by people in power. Now he feels prepared to make decisions that can help his community.

If one does not like the way the governor or mayor is running something, go to the right place and complain, Oscar said.

“Also, it is very important you address each problem correctly, and I do not think that many people know about these issues,” he said.

He decided to pass on what he learned to his family members and friends to help cause positive changes.

Oscar is a volunteer at the House of Prayer, where food and clothing is given to those in need. He also has volunteered at the Gulf Coast Senior Games for senior athletes.

At school, Oscar is involved in Future Business Leaders of American, Skills USA, Army JROTC and the wrestling team. He also is enrolled at Manatee Technical Institute and is studying business.

— Fanny Pinheiro, correspondent

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