Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that four children of Davis-Standard employees recently earned scholarships through the Wire and Cable Industry Suppliers Association (WCISA). The organization awarded a total of 10 scholarships worth over $3,000 in a competitive field of applicants. The four Davis-Standard students honored were Abel Keeley, Abigail Christman, Camille Stevenson and Nadine Dickter. Following is background on each.
Abel Keeley, a National Merit Finalist, is attending the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is studying electrical engineering with a focus on medical, military and consumer applications. Keeley has always been drawn to engineering, successfully building a custom computer in ninth grade. He is interested in designing improved safety systems and devices that support day-to-day activities for persons with disabilities, and systems to help businesses improve efficiencies.
Abigail Christman is attending the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is studying chemistry and pharmacy. Christman graduated in the top five percent of her high school class and was very involved with marching band, YMCA, school organizations and clubs. She has continued her involvement with music as a member of Pittsburgh’s marching band. Her goal is to one day work in a hospital setting with pediatric patients.
Camille Stevenson is studying neuroscience at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She was valedictorian of her class, a three-sport athlete, musician and leader in several school clubs and organizations. Stevenson is a firm believer in community involvement and transformative leadership. This has led to her career goal of becoming a neurodegenerative researcher to support those with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Nadine Dickter is a junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where she is pursuing a degree in chemistry and minor in public policy and women’s studies. Dickter worked in the engineering and manufacturing industry over the summer, providing greater insight into the daily application and role of chemistry in the workplace. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and achieve a Ph.D. in chemistry and work in the extrusion industry.
“We are very proud of each of these students; their accomplishments and aspirations,” said John Zachow, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Wire and Cable and WCISA member. “They are part of our Davis-Standard family, and we’ve had the privilege of watching them grow into successful adults. We’re excited about their futures and the impact they will make within their chosen career fields.”
WCISA is a nonprofit corporate membership association with over 100 North American suppliers of machinery, materials and accessories used for making all types of wire and cable. Members are based in or have an established subsidiary in North America. WCISA’s mission is to promote its members’ products and services by providing its members with representation, networking, social opportunities and services at wire and cable trade events and conferences.