Congratulations to Jay Que Hales, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Teacher and SkillsUSA advisor at Riverton High School, who received the Huntsman Award on April 26, 2012. Jay was one of 11 Utah educators who received this prestigious award.
Jon and Karen Huntsman established the Huntsman Awards in 1993 to recognize, inspire, and reward the best teachers, school administrators, and volunteers in Utah. “Every one of this year’s eleven award recipients stands for excellence. They all exemplify the commitment to teaching which we believe is common among Utah’s top educators. We are proud to recognize eleven of the best and celebrate their gifts of learning, time, and love they bestow upon our children. We are enormously proud of each of them and are grateful that they are willing to work so hard to guide students to recognize their strengths and to rise to their individual potential. We are delighted to honor these eleven who are eminently deserving of our appreciation,” said Jon and Karen Huntsman.
As an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician, Jay has used his automotive knowledge, training, skills, and abilities to inspire students to effectively compete in state competitions. His students have consistently won at the Weber State University Automotive Competition, the SkillsUSA Competition, and at the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. Just last week, two of his students, Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins, took first place in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition held at Salt Lake Community College. Both students now advance to the national competition to be held at Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on June 10-12, 2012.
Jay’s dedication, drive, and enthusiasm has challenged and motivated his automotive students to work hard, to be responsible, and to develop a good work ethic as they competed in each competition and prepared for life after high school—college and career.
“This is a wonderful thing to happen to Jay. I’m so very excited for him. I have watched the hard work he has put in over the past several years and Jay is very deserving of this honor,” said Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Sciences Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.
Jay is well deserving of the Huntsman Award and Utah is fortunate to have him as an educator inspiring students every day. Jay and the ten other award recipients will be honored at a banquet on Friday, May 11, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.