Pride and Promise Award: Jason Ealy
by the Eagle Staff
Jason is a goal-setter and a doer. Jason is the sort of student who, if he makes a commitment -- be it to his family, his school, or his country -- you can count on that task to be done and done well.
Jason is the sort of son who would make any father proud. Jason takes the good in all he sees and replicates it in his personal life. It is easy for his family to be proud of his academic and vocational accomplishments, but even more than striving to make them proud, he takes pride in all he does so that when he looks back, he can be assured that he gave it his best effort. Having watched his father since Jason was old enough to hold a wrench, like a sponge, he soaked up all he could from this man who has always been there for him, encouraging him to follow his ambitions. Just as this knowledge has been passed on to Jason, he is not afraid to pass on this knowledge to others; Jason often returned to the shop to aid younger students as they learned the craft. This enabled him to further master his trade. Ever since he could remember, he has always wanted to work as an Auto-Technician, and from this biography, you’ll see that he is doing just that.
Last year, Jason set a few goals: One was to win at the SkillsUSA District 10 competition in Automotive Service Technology under the direction of his Auto Tech Instructor, Mr. John Goebel; he brought home the gold which enabled him to compete with the best of the best in Pennsylvania. Also during his junior year, he set a goal to be able to go out on to Co-Op at the start of the year. This meant that he needed to pass all of his Keystone Tests in his junior year. When he received notice that he met that goal, he immediately set his sights on full-time co-op. He’s been working at Noga Ambulance as a mechanic since the first day he could go out.
Another goal he set was to serve our country. This summer, while others basked by the pool or partied with their “besties,” Jason successfully completed 9 weeks and 4 days of boot camp in the Delayed Enlistment Program with the Army Reserves. This next tid-bit isn’t a surprise: When Jason graduates in June, he will continue his specialized training as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91 Bravo). He will primarily be responsible for supervising and performing maintenance and recovery operations on wheeled vehicles and associated items, as well as heavy-wheeled vehicles and select armored vehicles. After his training, he will continue his studies at Ohio Technical College and serve our country in the United States Armed Forces with the 91 Bravos.
We are proud to honor Jason Ealy Jr. for the October Pride and Promise Award.