Commissioners commend local student

Commissioners commend local student

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A Buckeye Career Center student who earned the title of national champion at the recent Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference has now earned commendations from his home county.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners, which includes Chris Abbuhl, Kerry Metzger and Al Landis, presented Xavier Pittman with a certificate of recognition for his efforts in winning first place in the computer networking competition May 4-8 in Dallas, Texas.

Pittman is enrolled in BCC’s computer technology/network systems program. He attends BCC from Claymont and is completing his junior year.

Pittman placed at the local regional competition before also placing at state to qualify him for the national stage.

“All in all it was essentially just typing, reading, typing and figuring out where to look and knowing where to go for information,” he said. “It was a lot of very little things, but it’s all about being able to work quickly and being able to handle pressure. Because if you can’t handle pressure, you’re just going to flounder.”

Landis and Abbuhl both commended Pittman for his efforts. “You comprehend, and wow, what a skill that is to have,” Landis said. “I’m a lot older than you, and I’m still learning how to comprehend. You have a lot of skills, and I look forward to following your career.”

“The field that you are going into, I don’t think you’ll ever have a problem finding work,” Abbuhl said. “Plus, it sounds, from where you are starting from, that you’ll be very, very marketable because everyone is going to gravitate towards you because of your accomplishment.”

Pittman’s instructor Bill Alexander said Pittman will be a desirable employee for several other reasons.

“Xavier is a student you want. He is curious, but he has positioned himself well for the future,” he said. “Yes, he won a competition, but he has earned two professional industry credentials this year — the CompTIA+ and the CompTIA Network+ — and by the time he graduates, he will have a few more in his cap. He will go directly into the workforce, and he will make a company proud.”

The presentation was made during the May 23 board of commissioners meeting, with Pittman, Alexander and Assistant Principal Julie Brinkman present.

BPA is a nationwide career-technical student organization with over 45,000 members that provides students with skill development and personal connections in the world of business.