YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown senior Morgan Forde, who is the only female in the construction technology course at BOCES Tech Center in Yorktown, was honored as a BOCES Student of Distinction at a recent Yorktown Board of Education meeting.
“I wasn’t really sure about the program when I started because I was the only girl in the class, but I knew I would figure it out and enjoy it,” Forde said.
At the awards ceremony, Tech Center Principal James Bellucci spoke of Forde’s character, noting her devotion to the Construction Technology program.
“Every day I make my rounds, and I always see [Morgan] hard at work,” Bellucci said.
Paul Purpura, a Teaching Assistant in the Construction Technology program, was also in attendance at the ceremony and presented Forde with a medal of honor, as well as a certificate of recognition.
“This work seems to come naturally to Morgan,” Purpa said. In addition to her Student of Distinction honor, Forde was also recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
Forde was accompanied to the award ceremony by her mother and father, Casey and Sean Forde, and grandmother, Mary Ellen Cowan
. “We are extremely proud of her,” said Forde’s father, Sean Forde. “I think Morgan really benefited from the hands on experience this program offered her. It was an escape from traditional theoretical learning and really helped her focus on what she wants to do with herself in the future.”
Forde says that she hopes her story will inspire more girls to enroll in the Construction Technology program at PNW BOCES.
“I hope I can encourage more girls to take this course,” Forde said. “I made sure I attended the open house last year so people would see that there are other girls in the program.” Forde showed off her certificate of recognition and medal of honor at a recent Yorktown Board of Education meeting.
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