IHS senior earns 3K scholarship from 'ACE' Program

IHS senior Kyle Taylor earns 3K scholarship from 'ACE' Program
Posted on 04/05/2019

Picture of Kyle Taylor receiving his award.
Senior Kyle Taylor, left, receives his scholarship on Friday, March 29 at The Strathallan Hotel. Also pictured are Haley Wehner, Marketing and Communications Director for the ACE Mentor Program, and Dustin Welch, a VP of the program. Wehner is a 2008 graduate of Irondequoit High School.

Irondequoit High School senior Kyle Taylor earned a $3,000 scholarship from the ACE Mentor Program of Rochester based on his academic performance and exceptional participation in the program. The 17-year-old was one of seven recipients honored at last week’s graduation and awards ceremony at The Strathallan Hotel in Rochester.

Three other IHS students – seniors Micah Matuska and Anthony Ha and sophomore Pietro Camerucci – also participated in the ACE program, which also includes other area schools. The year-long, national program is affiliated locally with LaBella Associates of Rochester. ACE stands for architecture, construction and engineering and teaches students about professions in those fields by giving them hands-on experience. “(The ACE program) will give you a great mindset of what job (you) could pursue in the future,” said Taylor, an Urban-Suburban student who collaborated on his project with Matuska and others from Honeoye Falls-Lima and Hope Hall. “It’s a great program to go for architecture, civil engineering, construction and different fields of the trades. It’ll help you in the long run.”

This year, students focused on introduction courses in architecture, structural engineering, estimating, civil engineering, landscape architecture, presentation skills and they visited an active construction site and business offices. They also participated in projects that involved carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing and painting work. Group projects included designing a home via computer software, but they also split into groups and designed and built six children’s playhouses with their new understanding of drawing and construction. With guidance from program mentors and carpenters from The Pike Company teams used their skills and creativity over a four-week period to build playhouses. Each will be donated to children with terminal illnesses. That started in 2018 with Zoey Daggett, a 5-year-old from Fairport. Sadly, Zoey passed away last July but Zoey’s Light, Inc., was founded in her name. To learn more about it, go to www.zoeyslight.org.

To learn more about ACE Rochester, go to https://acementor.org.