The Tennessee Board of Regents, Office of Tennessee Technology Centers sponsors the Outstanding Student of the Year program statewide. At the local level the program is sponsored by Danny Watson of First State Bank and Katie Winchester of First Citizens National Bank. Bradley Moss of the Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Union City joined Winchester and Watson to serve as judges for the competition.
According to TTC Newbern Director Brian Collins, the Outstanding Student of the Year program is a statewide program developed to honor excellence in technical skill and personal achievement among the more than 30,000 students attending Tennessee Technology Centers statewide.
"The Outstanding Student of the Year Program seeks to spotlight the role of technical education in Tennessee and to celebrate the success of our students," said Collins.
In addition to Burney, 12 other students were recognized for their outstanding achievement, character and leadership. They are Drafting & CAD Technology students Sean Lanahan of Union City, Cassidy Johnson of Dyer, Matthew Kelly of Union City, and Robert Reed of Kenton; Industrial Maintenance students William Quinton of Union City and Jamie Tharpe of Yorkville; Machine Tool Technology student Jeff Burkett of Dyer; Automotive Technology student Anthony Jackson of Dyersburg; HVAC/R Technology student Shane Dunlap of Trimble; Welding Technology students Melody Manns of Union City and Jeremy Pritchard of Martin; and Practical Nursing student Wanda Thomas of Union City.
Burney is a resident of Union City, is the spouse of Kendra Burney and father of three children. He will receive two $100 gift cards and will move on to regional competition to be held in December.