Carly CalderoneFor the past 20+ years, Electralloy, G.O. Carlson, Inc. has sponsored an essay award program, which is available to all seniors in Venango County Schools.  The employees at Electralloy provide suggestions for an essay topic and letters are sent to all the schools in Venango County with the essay information. 

This year, the Coronavirus made this process a little more challenging than usual.  All schools in Pennsylvania were closed, but Electralloy was determined to continue to offer the 2020 graduating seniors the opportunity to participate in the essay program.  With the help of the local school counselors reaching out to their seniors, the response was great and it lead to another successful year.  This year the topic was: 

 “As this generation exits the workforce to retire, what suggestions do you have to bridge the gap and assist with the transfer of  knowledge during the transitional period?”

The essays received at Electralloy were judged by a panel of judges consisting of Tom Wood (VP of Operations & Technology at Electralloy), Joe Paparone (VP Finance - CFO at Electralloy), and Betsy Caleb GardnerKellner (Director Venango Museum of Arts, Science and Industry).

The four grand prize winners for the 2020 Essay Awards are:

Caleb Gardner                                               Oil City Senior High School

Tyler Seelnacht                                            Venango Technology Center

Carly Calderone                                           Franklin Senior High School

Matthew McQuaide                                   Cranberry Senior High School

Each of these students received a $500 check from Electralloy along with an award certificate and an Electralloy memento. Congratulations to all!

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