A Grade 12 student at Glendale High School is one of only two in the Thames Valley District School Board to win a $1000 Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Student Scholarship.
Coletyn Thomson, 17, of Tillsonburg has a strong passion for the manufacturing trade.
“It’s what I love to do. It’s hands on and there’s never a day in manufacturing where you don’t learn something new.”
When his manufacturing teacher, Tony D’Angelo brought the scholarship opportunity to Thomson’s attention, he was quick to take it.
“For his age and where he is as a student, I would say he’s working at a level of a first or second year apprentice already,” says D’Angelo. “He’s very talented.”
The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Student Scholarship was available to all students in Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board, as well as Fanshawe and Western University students. All high school applicants must be in their final year of high school and going to college or university for the manufacturing field.
On April 16, Thompson received an email from the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters confirming his acceptance to the scholarship. He was then invited to an exclusive dinner in London on May 1, where he delivered an acceptance speech to 250 people, including the CEO’s of London Hydro and Chrystie Digital and the mayor of London.
Thompson will be attending Conestoga College in the fall, pursuing a career as a millwright.