BRCTC Career and Technical Student of the Year Eleanor Nery (center) at her Lincoln Academy graduation with academic advisor Angus Fake (left) and Head of School Jeff Burroughs (right).

Eleanor Nery, who recently graduated from both Lincoln Academy and Bath Regional Career and Technical Center (BRCTC), is the BRCTC Student of the Year.

Each spring 27 students from around the state are honored as Maine Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students of the Year. Each of the CTE schools in Maine select one student to receive this honor. Eleanor is the second Lincoln Academy student in two years to receive this honor. Abigayle Reed ‘22 was last year’s Student of the Year.

Each sending program submitted a description of their student and the reasons they were selected as Students of the Year. Nery was described this way by her BRCTC instructors:

“Eleanor is a kind and compassionate young lady who sees the good in everyone. She is a strong advocate for CTE and does not hesitate to help her peers have a successful experience in Culinary Arts. In the classroom Eleanor is focused and highly engaged. She works hard to perfect her culinary skills and she has represented Bath Tech at SkillsUSA two years in a row, earning a gold medal last year and a silver medal this year. Eleanor has also earned her certifications in both Servesafe Managers as well as ServeSafe Allergens.

“Eleanor has excelled in outside competitions and has achieved a high level of excellence. Last year Eleanor and her teammates finished second at the Local Food competition sponsored by the Maine Cooperative Extension and this year she and her culinary partner, Gwen Weaver [who also recently graduated from Lincoln Academy and BRCTC], came in first place.”

“I am so proud of Eleanor and this accomplishment,” said Jeff Burroughs, Lincoln Academy Head of School. “Which is another in a long line of accolades for her. We had a chance to experience her culinary talents when she catered a reception this spring, and it was just incredible.”

Eleanor, who graduated with honors from Lincoln Academy on June 7, is headed for a gap year before she returns to attend culinary school. During her gap year she plans a hiking trip out west, and then time in Ireland, where she will be farming as part of Worldwide Opportunities of Organic Farms.