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Teacher selected as semifinalist in Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 

From The Vine, issue 97

–Justin Pickard, PRHS Agriculture Mechanics Teacher, was recently selected as one of the 52 semifinalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence.

There were 557 total submissions for this prize—making Justin one of the top 9-percent of teachers/teacher teams to advance to the next round of the application and review. The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, a program of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, honors outstanding teaching in the skilled trades (including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, welding, auto repair and more) in U.S. public high schools. Its purpose is to recognize teaching excellence in the skilled trades that enables students to learn deeply and be career-ready, with the hope of attracting further support for and investment in these public high school programs across our country.

In all, more than one million dollars in prizes will be awarded. Three first-place winners will each be awarded $100,000, with $70,000 going to the high school’s skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teachers behind the program. Fifteen second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 going to the high school program and $15,000 to the teacher or teacher team. The announcement of the first place and second places winners will take place on Nov. 15.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.