KeyTex Scholar Day

KEYTEX Energy Debuts Scholarship for High School Seniors

KEYTEX Energy, a leading energy services and consulting firm, held their first annual KEYTEX Scholar Day on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at their Greensburg office. Fourteen Westmoreland County high school seniors currently  pursuing college/professional careers in engineering or the energy industry, along with their guidance counselors, participated in the event. These students applied for the KEYTEX scholarship, and had previously submitted their academic and upcoming college information for consideration. All of the participants were from schools that currently utilize KEYTEX Energy consulting services to procure their electric generation. Students spent the day participating in a number of electric and natural gas energy presentations, and diverse commodity trading discussions with KEYTEX staff. These seniors were also provided direct access and interaction with KEYTEX industrial and commercial customer representatives to gain insight into the broad range of energy industry related activities and dynamic markets.

During the event a panel of five judges, arranged by KEYTEX owner Greg Cammerata, that included academic, governmental and private industry representation, separately met with small groups of candidates. A question and answer session was utilized to determine the basis  for and specific future professional interest of each candidate. “Truly awed and had my optimism for the future reinforced by the mature and thoughtful quality of responses from all of these exceptional young people”, said Mike Dandrea, KEYTEX’s Regional Sales Director. Cammerata noted that “above a given threshold which all participants have clearly achieved, the scholarship award criteria was not a GPA competition -  while grades are important, the judges were looking for broad diverse student interests, and a well conceived vision for the future”. Following the interview process, the judges met and reached an extremely challenging decision to award scholarships of $2,500 to Daniel DeLellis (Latrobe HS), and $1750 each to Michelle Krynock (Kiski HS), and Jonathan Miedel (Yough HS). After June graduation, Daniel will be pursuing his keen interest in Nanotechnology at the Florida Institute of Technology. Michelle has a passion for environmental issues, and will major in Civil/Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Jonathan’s major, also at Carnegie Mellon University, will be their nationally regarded Information Technology program.

“It was a very uplifting and rewarding day for everyone that participated – the first of many which we intend to expand going forward “, said Cammerata.

Contact a KEYTEX Representative at (724)-468-6500 for further details and information on how your school can get involved and participate.

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