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DHS student earns Tools for Tomorrow award

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Matthew Norberg, a senior studying automotive/diesel technology at Douglas High School in Minden, has been named a winner in the Tools for Tomorrow All-American Vocational Student Awards program.

As a local winner, Norberg, who lives in Jacks Valley, will receive a personalized award and a $100 gift certificate from Coast to Coast, ServiStar and True Value retailers.

Norberg was selected from a group of more than 3,200 from across the country to be honored as one of only 2,000 local winners who will now advance to the state judging round of the competition. Coast to Coast, at 1406 Industrial Way in Gardnerville, is sponsoring Norberg.

“We are proud to sponsor Matthew Norberg,” said Don and Margaret Cox of Coast to Coast. “Matthew represents the high caliber of today’s vocational-technical students. From what we can see, the workforce of tomorrow is in good hands.”

Since its inception in 1992, Tools for Tomorrow has honored more than 12,000 students with over $1.5 million in scholarships and awards. This year, more than $270,000 will be awarded to outstanding vocational-technical students on local, state and national levels. The All-American Vocational Students Awards recognize high school students who achieve standards of excellence in vocational and academic skills, and who exhibit leadership in their communities.

A nationally acclaimed program supporting vocational-technical education, the All-American Vocational Student Awards is only one part of Tools for Tomorrow. In addition to sponsoring winners in the awards competition, participating Coast to Coast, ServiStar and True Value retailers provide discounts and donate materials to vocational students, offer internship opportunities and spearhead community service programs.

Following the judging round, one All-American Vocational Student Award winner will be chosen in every state, territory and the District of Columbia. Each state winner will receive a $1,000 Career Advancement Award and move on to the national judging round. This award can be used for post-secondary training and education or toward the purchase of equipment and/or tools from a Coast to Coast, ServiStar or True Value retailer. State winners will be announced in March.

In early March, the Tools for Tomorrow Advisory Board, composed of executives from national vocational and leadership organizations, corporations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will meet in Washington, D.C., to select 10 national winners. The national winners will receive a $2,000 Career Advancement Award and an all-expense-paid trip in late April to Atlanta, Ga., where they will be honored at Coast to Coast, ServiStar and True Value’s Spring Convention.

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