Local Students Awarded Dixie’s Annual “Buddy Harris” Scholarship
VERONA, VA – May 24, 2017 – Each year, Dixie Gas & Oil recognizes the outstanding achievement and work ethic of a student at Valley Career and Technical Center (VCTC) by awarding a scholarship in memory of Buddy Harris, a long-time Dixie employee. At the center’s 2017 Recognition Ceremony on May 16, 2017, this year’s scholarship was presented to Derrike Hunsberger.
Mr. Hunsberger, a senior at Riverheads High School, completed the Electricity program at the Technical Center this year. He is the son of Jeffrey and Kimberly Hunsberger of Staunton, Virginia. Hunsberger completed a job shadowing experience with Trumbo Electric and is seeking a job in the electrical field. He has applied for an apprenticeship at UVA Facilities Management.
Harry McGuire, Electricity instructor at VCTC commented, “Derrike has many of the traits that Buddy Harris demonstrated over the years. He is a self-starter and a team player. He has a desire to learn and achieve and is able to communicate effectively.”
Buddy Harris worked at Dixie for 63 years, beginning in 1948. Buddy delivered propane and installed and serviced propane systems early in his career and broadened his trade skills in plumbing, electrical,
HVACR, concrete and masonry, welding, truck mechanics, and auto body work. In later years, he concentrated on the design, construction, and maintenance of the Company’s propane and petroleum distribution facilities.
Presenting the scholarship, along with Malissa Warren (Buddy Harris’s daughter), was Chris Earhart, president of Dixie Gas & Oil, who said, “Buddy took great pride in the quality of his work and made any task, no matter how difficult or menial, a fun project and a personal challenge. These are the traits of a dedicated and expert tradesman and the traits recognized in students receiving the Dixie Gas & Oil scholarship in Buddy’s honor.”
Scholarship recipients are chosen from the trades curriculum by the staff of Valley Career and Technical Center and receive $500 toward the cost of books and tuition or for graduates to acquire tools and equipment necessary to begin their career.
About Dixie Gas and Oil
Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation, founded in 1946 and headquartered in Verona, Virginia, is a leading provider of propane and petroleum products to residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers in Western and Central Virginia. Products include propane, gas fireplaces and accessories, heating oil, kerosene, diesel fuel, gasoline and a full range of bulk and packaged lubricants distributed from locations in Verona, Elkton, Lexington and Covington, Virginia.
About Valley Career and Technical Center
Valley Career and Technical Center is part of the public-school systems of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Students gain technical skills in a variety of career areas designed to prepare for entry level positions or acceptance into post-secondary education. In addition to the many high school programs, the Center offers career and technical training for adults interested in apprenticeship programs, basic skills training or a GED.