Making the Grade
Persistence and Continued Technical Education
A three-year student in the masonry program at Harford Tech High School in Bel Air, Md., Gary Kline has applied for admission to The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media, Pa. If accepted, he would start classes in the fall of 2010. In the meantime, Kline has enrolled in business classes at Harford Community College. He intends to work masonry jobs as he can, while maintaining his studies there.
Kline’s instructor at Harford Technical High School, Gary Siler, speaks highly of Kline. “Gary came to Harford Tech as a tenth-grader and was a wonderful student for all three years,” Siler says. “Ours is a four-year school, so he had to adapt and catch up quickly. He did just that. He was an honor roll student with a perfect attendance record. In addition, he played varsity volleyball and wrestled.
“I thoroughly enjoyed coaching him in wrestling and teaching him, as well,” Siler continues. “He exhibited the same effort and commitment whenever he competed, whether it was on the mat or with a trowel in his hand.
“Gary Kline is a strong, driven young man,” he says. “I believe his future looks bright. I totally enjoyed teaching Gary, and I already miss his leadership skills in the classroom.”
Kline worked for Siler during the last three summers, helping with masonry, carpentry and plumbing projects.
Siler is a masonry instructor of 21 years, having sponsored seven contestants in the SkillsUSA national masonry contest. Kline was one of them, placing eighth in the secondary division of the 2009 contest held at H. Roe Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo.
As one might guess, Kline credits his instructor. “Gary Siler has influenced me greatly, and taught me everything I know,” he says. “He gave me the confidence I have and helped me through many ups and downs.”
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