Derek Eichman, a 2021 Hays Large Faculty graduate, was recently awarded a Get the job done Ethics Scholarship from the Mike Rowe Foundation. The System acknowledges learners who have an understanding of the great importance of work ethic, private obligation, delayed gratification, and a optimistic angle. These are hardworking males and girls who will keep the lights on, drinking water operating, and air flowing. The scholarship is geared towards pupils attending vocational or technical faculties and the university student ought to be pursuing a qualified trade.
Pupils have to full a composed application course of action which include a series of essays demonstrating their get the job done ethic, contributions to culture, and how their job strategies will positively affect other folks as very well as commit to the Foundation’s 12 level S.W.E.A.T. Pledge and get suggestions from academics and businesses who can attest to the student’s work ethic. College students must draft a 13th Level for the Pledge, make a online video under 60 seconds detailing their 13th stage and their upcoming options, and then add their movie application to YouTube. The Basis selected less than 150 recipients from all the programs nationwide and Derek is between four Kansans awarded.
Derek has been concurrently enrolled in the Automotive Systems Software at NCKTC’s Hays Campus all through his junior and senior many years at HHS. As part of the plan he has earned school credit history and various ASE certifications. Attending the NCKTC Automotive Technological innovation Software inspired Derek to acquire a 1967 C-10 truck and start restoring the truck. Right after a couple months of functioning through class and at home on evenings and weekends, Derek was driving his desire truck. The truck has the vintage glimpse of a 1967, but the modern day conveniences of a 5.3L LS motor, 4L60E computerized transmission, power steering, electricity brakes, and a 4 wheel generate suspension. As element of his coursework at NCKTC, Derek took the possibility rebuild his transmission, insert air conditioning, and up grade the truck’s electrical program. He has invested hrs cutting out rusted system elements and designs to paint the truck and customize the interior later on this year. The undertaking posed quite a few problems about the past nine months and needed a whole lot of resourceful contemplating to full the conversion, which led to Derek’s 13th Place to the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge…“I feel that you will need to be imaginative adequate to think for by yourself and to make what you have perform.” Derek’s movie focused on the issues of his truck undertaking, how he used resourceful imagining in adapting the older entire body to the newer drivetrain, and the gratification he has driving the truck he created with his very own fingers.
Through superior faculty, Derek was energetic in the Hays Substantial Industrial Technology Association, serving as Vice President in 2020 and President in 2021, was inducted into Countrywide Honor Modern society, and was stated on the HHS Honor Roll. In addition to school actions, Derek has been energetic in Troop 101 of Boy Scouts of The united states, becoming inducted into the Purchase of the Arrow, the honor modern society of BSA, in 2017 and gained his Eagle Scout rank in 2020. Derek has also been lively in CrossCurrent and Revive youth groups, and volunteered in many group service jobs including the yearly Neighborhood Thanksgiving Food Push, St. Joseph’s Food items Pantry, and Trick or Treat so Other people Can Consume.
Derek has been accepted into NCKTC’s Electrical Engineering Method and designs to grow to be a accredited electrician. Derek is the son of David and Sheila Eichman, Hays, and the grandson of Ronald and Carol Whitehurst, Garden Metropolis, and the late Cleo and Frances Eichman previously of Palco.