Technical Drafting Students Honored at ACE Mentorship Breakfast

Delcastle Technical High's Technical Drafting students, led by instructor Terry Hayes, attended the ACE Mentor Scholarship Breakfast on March 1, 2023. It is an event that recognizes high school seniors for their achievements in the ACE Mentorship Program. Among the Delcastle students who attended, Flavio Melquiades-Bahena was awarded the prestigious Gabe Cox Scholarship Award.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. is a nationwide mentoring program that engages high school students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering. The program was founded in 1994 and has since served more than 90,000 students in 37 states. The program connects students with professionals in the industry, who provide them with mentorship, guidance, and hands-on experience. Through the program, students gain an understanding of what it's like to work in the industry, and the skills they need to succeed.

The Delaware Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program was founded in 2006 and has since served more than 1,000 students. The program partners with local high schools and universities to provide mentorship and educational opportunities to students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering. According to the Delaware Chapter's website, the program has a 90% success rate in getting students into college.

The ACE Mentor Program has had a significant impact on the lives of many high school students, including those at Delcastle. This year, several Cougars participated in the program, including:

Roberto Carbajal Millan, Axel Castro-Munoz, Elijah Davis, Darnell Elie, Joshua Garcia, Adriana Goursahab, Mileisha Martinez, Peter Mazakas, Flavio Melquiades-Bahena, Ricardo Pineda-Ruiz, Karen Ramos-Reyes, Luis Reyes-Diaz, Bryson Thomas, Zackary Tjaden, and Eduardo Valdivia.

Flavio Melquiades-Bahena, the recipient of the Gabe Cox Scholarship Award, is a shining example of the success that can come from participating in the ACE Mentor Program. Flavio was recognized for his outstanding academic achievements and his commitment to the program.