Career and Technical Education Students of the Year Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

(Pictured: Student Jiaying (Carmen) Zhong [left] displays an award for CTE Student of the Year for her exemplary work in the Engineering & Architectural Design program at Oxford Hills Tech in Norway. Standing next to her is MACTE Executive Director Dave Keaton [right])

Shawn Moody
Shawn Moody

The Maine Association of Career and Technical Education (MACTE) held its annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student of the Year Award Ceremony recently at Lewiston’s Regional Technical Center’s The Green Ladle restaurant.

The event featured a keynote address from Shawn Moody, founder and owner of Moody’s Collision Centers in Maine and long-time advocate for career and technical education in Maine. Emceed by Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Director Todd, the event’s main highlight was the recognition of a student from each of Maine’s 27 CTE Schools who were selected and honored for their exemplary work in their respective programs.

Students were in attendance with their friends and family members. They were honored by Executive Director Dave Keaton during the presentation.

The Maine Department of Education joins our partners at MACTE and CTE schools across Maine in congratulating these students and thanking the CTE schools and instructors who provided them the opportunities to strive.

2023 Maine Career and Technical Students of the Year

Alexander Hassell
St. John Valley Tech.
Automotive Technology 
Taylor Mason
Hancock County Tech, Ellsworth
Hospitality Travel and Tourism 
Noah Rousseau
Mid Coast Tech, Rockland
Outdoor Leadership and Firefighting 
Alecssander Freitas
Lake Region Tech, Naples
Law Enforcement II 
Addion Davis
Van Buren Tech
Business Technology 
Andrew Doughty
Tri County Tech, Dexter
London Putnam
Capital Area Tech, Augusta
Culinary Arts 
Jocelyn Coombs
Region 10, Brunswick
Metal Fabrication Welding 
Chase Hobbs
Caribou Tech
Commercial Driver’s License & Large Equipment Maintenance & Operation 
Braden Richard
St. Croix Tech, Calais
Abigayle Reed
Bath Tech, Bath
Emerson Roy
PATHS, Portland
Careers in Education 
Parker Sawyer
Presque Isle Tech
Industrial & Farm Mechanics 
Estrella Paredes-Vazquez
Coastal Wash Tech, Machias
Health Occupations 
Mckella Ford
Foster Tech, Farmington
Early Childhood Occupations 
Joseph A Lopes
Westbrook Tech, Westbrook
Braden White
Region Two, Houlton
Auto Collision 
Kricket Thompson
Waldo County Tech, Waldo
Culinary Arts 
Jiaying (Carmen) Zhong
Oxford Hills Tech, Norway
Engineering & Architectural Design 
Pichrithylen (Sreylen) Thor
Biddeford Tech, Biddeford
Computer Technology 
Esmae Stockley
Region Three – Lincoln
Registered Medical Assistant 
Riley Enright
Somerset Tech – Skowhegan
Outdoor Leadership 
Titus Billings
Region 9 – Mexico
Outdoor Skills and Leadership & Building Construction 
Eli Bartlett
Sanford Tech, Sanford
Landscape and Horticulture 
Maggie Lincoln
United Technologies – Bangor
Insurance Producer & Business Management
Adam Brann
Mid Maine Tech – Waterville
Culinary Arts
Hannah Dube
Lewiston Tech – Lewiston
Medical Science & Certified Nursing Assistant 

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