Cary Longley, Fairfax
Cary is a senior at the Center for Technology in Essex. He was nominated for the award by his Forestry and Horticulture Instructor, Brian Japp.
In his nomination, Brian cited Cary’s ability to navigate technical, academic, and social challenges, and added that Cary provided excellent peer-to-peer instruction and encouragement.
During his senior year, Cary was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society and completed his OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 30 certification.
According to Brian, Cary’s connection to the land is a family affair. He grew up working with his family on their sugarbush. Brian added that Cary is calm, confident, and happy when working in the woods, and that he enjoys hunting and fishing.
Next year, Cary hopes to continue and expand the family sugaring business.
“This business that I run along with my dad has been in my family since he was a little kid,” he said. “Since I was a little kid, he has been teaching me ways to harvest and produce this product. We don’t just do this for the money, we do it to better our learning and health from natural resources.”