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The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Garrett County Public Schools presented Work Ethic Diplomas to 43 Class of 2020 graduates from Northern and Southern High Schools.

“On behalf of the Garrett County Chamber, congratulations to the 43 students in the Class of 2020 that have earned their Work Ethic Diplomas,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber. “We are very pleased to be recognizing the newest recipients of the Work Ethic Diploma. We are proud of their strong work ethic and know that because of it, they will be successful with their career and/or college endeavors.”

The Class of 2020 recipients of the Work Ethic Diploma are:

Luke Adams

Caid Andrews

Todd Bemiller

Jared Bittinger

Mariah Bolden

Holly Buckley

Katherine Catulle

Cheyenne Chapman

Landon Custer

Tia DeGiovanni

Hailie DeWitt

Rachel Duggan

Ian Eggleston

Madison Embleton

Josilyn Evans

Kaelyn Glotfelty

Alexx Grady

Evan Lewis

Shiann Lynch

Sara Manley

Kristen Massey

Patrick McDonagh

Jacob McRobie

Parker Meyer

Hunter Meyers

Daniel Nickel

John-Paul Ogden

Madison Prudnick

Lauren Quinn

Cheyenne Reckart

Jocelyn Schoch

Bailey Skiles

Carmen Smith

Frederick Stemple

Kimberly Stemple

Jacob Sweitzer

Madison Sweitzer

Ella Warnick

Harleigh Wildesen

Bryson Wilt

Samantha Wilt

Peyton Wilson

Mason Wolf

“Our graduates have learned the value of hard work.  This value will open the door of opportunity in the workplace, which will lead to the discovery of their talents and passions,” said Chuck Olsson, Chair of the Work Ethic Diploma program and Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for First United Bank & Trust. The employers of Garrett County look forward to supporting their growth as the leaders of our future.”

To be awarded a Work Ethic Diploma, students had to earn a minimum of points in the following criteria: Discipline Standard, Attendance Standard, Absence Standard, Work Experience, Community Service/Internship Project Standard, Overall Grade Point Average Standard, Team Work Standard, Drug-Free (optional), and complete an Exit Interview.

The drug testing component is included in the program to help combat the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities by promoting the fact that being drug free can help in securing a job and earning better wages. Due to the pandemic, students were unable to submit for the optional drug testing this year. Therefore, we replaced the drug testing with an essay on why it is important to be drug free in the workplace. Although students are unable to receive the Drug-Free designation on their Work Ethic Diploma, the essays showed that students understand the benefits of staying drug-free.

“These students demonstrate the abilities and characteristics that employers in our community are seeking,” said Laura Fike, Chair of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force and Executive Director of Garrett Mentors. “With the tighter and more competitive job market, earning a Work Ethic Diploma will give these students a leg up over other job applicants.”

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Garrett County Public Schools launched the Work Ethic Diploma program in the spring of 2018 to address local workforce challenges by creating a pipeline of prospective employees who possess those quality attributes desired by employers. The 43 students from the Class of 2020 are the newest recipients and are guaranteed interviews and higher wages by the participating businesses. Full details on the program can be found at www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/WorkEthicDiploma.

Thank you to the 37 business partners for their commitment to these students. For businesses interested in learning more about the program, please contact Holly Lane at 301-387-6171 or holly@garrettchamber.com.

Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub

Lake Life Boat Rentals

Aquatic Center, Inc.

Legacy Home Corp.

Bear Creek Traders

McHenry Beverage Shoppe

Beitzel Corporation

Monkey Business Adventure Park

Brenda’s Pizzeria

Mountain Laurel Medical Center

Butler Painting & Remodeling, LLC

Mountain State Brewing Company

Byco Enterprises, Inc.

MSC Management Services, LLC

Christmas Chalet

Naylor’s Ace Hardware

Cornucopia Café

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

DCL Mountain Maids & Home Services

Pillar Innovations

Deep Creek Marina LLC

Ruth Enlow Library of GC

First United Bank & Trust

Savage River Lodge

Garrett College

Silver Tree Marine, LLC

Garrett Container Systems, Inc.

Splash Island Inflatable Water Park

Garrett Regional Medical Center

The Garrett County Republican

Grant’s Mercantile

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

Gregg’s Pharmacy

The Tourist Trap

High Mountain Sports

Trader’s Coffee House

Huey’s Ice Cream

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