Braydn Szymkiewicz a recent graduate of Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (CWCTC), New Stanton as well as Yough High School, Herminie was awarded the prestigious Thomas Obrien Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is named after an extremely influential member of the Commonwealth’s higher education community. Tom served in a long and distinguished career at both Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as Temple University. In receiving this award, Braydn was recognized as an exemplary high school graduate who actively participated in the Robotics Engineering program at CWCTC. Braydn’s accolades included his membership in the National Technical Honor Society as well as superior drive and motivation as he competed in SkillsUSA® at the district, state, and national levels. During his tenure at CWCTC, Braydn was the District as well as State Champion in his junior and senior years. In his senior year he won the coveted championship in the Computer Maintenance category and as a junior he grabbed the championship in a completely different competition, Electronics Technology. His junior run at the National Championship netted a 16th place finish. On the national stage in June of 2016 he once again was a member of the Pennsylvania team in Robotics and Automation, where he in concert with his teammate finished sixth out of a large field of competitors placing him in the top 25% of the contest in this national competition. Braydn exploits did not stop at those events as he was the Lead Programmer for CWCTC's First Robotics® team, as well as the Team Competition Director for VEX® Robotics. Another honor bestowed upon Braydn during his high school career was being selected for membership in the 2015 Pennsylvania Governor's School of Engineering and Technology, where he was part of the Military Technology team. Additionally, Bradyn also was selected as the CWCTC “Outstanding Student of the Year”. Braydn was also recognized for all of his endeavors at the statewide PA•CTEC 2016conference at the Eden Resort and Suites, Lancaster.
Since graduating Braydn is attending the West Virginia University Honors College where he is enrolled in the Statler College of Engineering and is majoring in Computer Science/Robotics. Bradyn’s desire is to continue his quest of computer science and robotics as an intern with either NASA or Google and ultimately obtain employment designing and programming military robotics.
Interstate 70 Hunker Interchange WB Ramp Closure
New Stanton Borough, Westmoreland County
Uniontown – PennDOT District 12 would like to advise motorists of the westbound ramp closure on Interstate 70 at the Hunker Interchange in New Stanton Borough, Westmoreland County. Work begins on Monday, April 4.
The closure will be in place to allow crews to continue construction on the new westbound ON ramp and the Interstate 70 temporary bi-pass lanes. The Hunker eastbound ON ramp will remain open but will close at a later date. Four lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times on Interstate 70 during daylight hours. Single lane closures will be allowed as necessary between 8 p. and 6 am.
A posted detour will be in place routing Hunker traffic on/off Interstate 70 via North Center Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
Motorists are reminded to drive with caution and be alert when entering a work zone.
Source: PennDOT District 12-0