Nathaniel Conti, Willow Class of 2020, is a freshman the Mechatronics, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Program at Somerset County Vo-Tech (SCVTHS) where he was recently named Student of the Month! Nathaniel’s SCVTHS Mechatronics, Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing (MEAM) instructor Dan Dalfonzo shared when nominating him for Student of the Month, “Nathaniel’s level of commitment and interest in MEAM is unparalleled. He makes it a habit of bringing relevant experiences into the classroom for discussion and is constantly taking what we learn here and applying it directly to his hobbies at home. His positivity is a cool and needed addition to every class.” Click here to read more about Nathaniel’s Student of the Month award!
Outside of school, Nathaniel enjoys quadding, mountain biking, flying remote control planes, and spending time with his family. He also enjoys building and designing and using tools like 3D printers, plasma cutters, CNC machines, and welders.
What are you interested in doing as a career?
I would eventually like to own a heavy construction company
What draws you to this line of work at this moment?
My entire life I have wanted to go into construction. My whole family has been in construction, and we have been doing it for over 100 years. I have always loved construction because it is interesting and enjoyable. It makes you feel a sense of accomplishment after completing a job.
What is your favorite Willow virtue and why?
Currently, my favorite virtue is perseverance. Perseverance is my favorite word too because in life I will face many problems, just like everybody else, and I think it is very important to remember the power of perseverance.
Since leaving Willow, what is your proudest achievement and why?
This year I have earned the Star Student award at Vo-Tech. I made honor roll every marking period and have received the CTE Stellar Student Award for the third marking period.
What was the hardest part about leaving Willow?
The hardest part of leaving Willow was that I had to leave something that was comfortable and familiar to go somewhere new that I did not know.
What do you miss the most about Willow?
The thing I miss the most is the whole environment and the sense of community.
How has what you’ve learned at Willow helped you in your day-to-day life?
The lessons I learned at Willow are helping me in and out of school every day. Willow taught me that it is important and okay to ask questions, use my voice, stay organized, prioritize my work, and communicate with my teachers.
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