Xavier Nelson is an adult student in the Graphic Communications program at Tri County Tech. According to his instructor, Susan Peterson, Nelson is “absolutely the most respectful and appreciative student [she] has ever had… [and] ends class every day by thanking [her]” and wishing her a good evening as he heads out the door. He offers his instructor and fellow classmates help whenever they need it and is very well liked by all because of his “great internal code of conduct.”
Nelson came to the U.S. from Peru just six years ago knowing nothing about the English language. Since then, he is learning to master English as a second language through hard work and determination. While he is continuing his education at Tri County Tech, Nelson is also attending Rogers State University, majoring in criminal justice. Nelson plans to enlist in the Navy after getting his bachelor’s degree and to strive to become a Navy Seal.
Nelson is very involved with the community, including volunteering with Wesleyan Christian School, Paths to Independence, Mason Green Foundation, ARF Park, Kiddie Park, Washington County Adult Center, and My Refuge.
Benedict Trudeau is a senior at Bartlesville High School and is in the Applied Welding Technology program at Tri County Tech. According to his instructor, Scott Sutherland, Trudeau is “a self-starter, always ready to take on new and difficult tasks.” He has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and has served as the Lodge Chief of Washita Lodge #288 for two years. He is running for Order of the Arrow Section Region Chief (which would oversee all of Oklahoma and Arkansas). In addition to serving in many positions with his Boy Scouts Troop, Trudeau is currently serving as Junior Assistant Scout Master. He has received the Boy Scouts Vigil of Honor and Arrowman of the Year award. He is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society through Tri County Tech.
Trudeau has been in multiple stage performances with Children’s Musical Theater and Theater Bartlesville. He is also active in the community through Boy Scouts of America and has organized several service projects, including Scouting for Food, City Clean-ups, and Order of the Arrow projects. Trudeau will be attending OSU in the fall and plans to pursue a major in project management. He currently works at P66 Gymnastics Club and will be accepting a salary position there starting this April.