Mark Roark of Mountain City, a student in the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Program at the Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton, became the first student at TTC-Elizabethton to receive the SkillsUSA Statesman Award. A panel of judges selected Roark for the award based on an essay and speech he delivered at the SkillsUSA Washington, D.C., Leadership Training Institute held recently.
Roark, who is president of the National Technical Honor Society at TTC-Elizabethton, will be a delegate to the SkillsUSA Legislative Conference to be held in Murfreesboro in November.
A displaced construction worker, Roark received a diploma in Business System Technology from TTC-Elizabethton in August. After completing the 20-month Diesel Powered Equipment training program at TTC-Elizabethton, Roark plans to continue his education and obtain an associate degree as a Diesel Mechanic.