Elizabethtown Comm­unity and Tech­nical College freshman Cameron Alvey hopes to pursue a career in industrial maintenance. Through hard work and innovation, he recently was awarded $1,000 to go toward that very goal.

Alvey, 19, was a member of the team that won the 2019 Altec Innovation Challenge. He took part in the challenge while he was a student at Central Hardin High School. He graduated last year from there.

There were a total of 11 teams from five schools within the Hardin County and Elizabethtown Independent school districts that participated in the challenge.

Informed of the Altec Innovation Challen­ge by his Future Farmers of America advisers, Alvey and his team of five were challenged to plan and execute a project that would “positively effect the community.”

Alvey said his group sought advice from school administrators in finding a community problem to address.

“They said food insecurity was a big one so we kind of went off of that to help our fellow students,” he said.

Through the project, Alvey and his group created a raised bed garden outside of Central Hardin to address food insecurity.

Alvey said the garden now provides fruit and vegetables for students at Central Hardin and for recipients of the Hardin County Schools Summer Feeding Program.

Alvey’s group started on the project last September and it was presented to judges that November. The garden ultimately was completed in March, he said.

As a result of his team’s win, Alvey was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Kinetic Business by Windstream.

Bart Daily, Senior Consultant for Business Marketing Strategy for Kinetic Business, presented the check to Alvey last month.

“We’re thrilled to support Cameron as he continues his education,” Daily said in a statement. “Students like Cameron will become the future leaders in our community and we look forward to seeing what great things he will go on to accomplish.”

During his senior year at Central Hardin, Alvey took part in a co-operative work partnership with Elizabethtown electrical supply company Winlectric. He worked for Winlectric with fellow Central Hardin student Cody Ramsey.

Winlectric employee Gary Gambino said Alvey and Ramsey both were valuable workers during their time in the co-op.

“They’re not afraid to get their hands dirty and work,” he said. “They blended in well here, bought into the program, listened, paid attention, showed up everyday and there was very minimal grief out of them.”

Alvey currently is taking part in a 1,000-hour internship with Nolin RECC. Working at Fort Knox through the energy cooperative, Alvey has interned with Nolin since June.

Through his co-op and internship, Alvey said he has learned hard work, the importance of building good relationships and to not “act like you know everything.”

“Soak up as much information as you can,” he said.

Alvey works Monday through Friday with Nolin and works half-days on Tuesdays and Thursdays in order to attend classes at ECTC.

Gambino said once Alvey makes his way further into the workforce, he’ll be a natural leader.

“I’ll bet you he’ll be a boss one day, in whatever he’s doing,” he said.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.