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Young Achiever: Joe Popowich

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Quaker Valley High School senior Joe Popowich placed first in the collision repair division in the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Championships in April at the Hershey Lodge & Conference Center. Popowich, of Leet, will travel to Kansas City to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships June 23-27, 2014. Joe attends Parkway West Career & Technology Center and was one of two Quaker Valley students to

Age: 18

Residence: Leet Township

School: Senior, Quaker Valley; Parkway West Career and Technology Center

Family: Parents: Frank Popowich and Melissa Parker; brothers, Collin, Dillan, and Ty.

Noteworthy: Popowich won first place in April at the auto body collision repair division in the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Championships held in Hershey. He will travel to Kansas City to compete in the national championship in June. The SkillsUSA Championships are the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Popowich was graded by several judges as he worked on a car, including fixing a dent.

Activities/ Interests: After school, Popowich works at Zarin Truck Service. He serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoys hunting and fishing.

Quote: “I enjoy (the body work). I don't feel like I'm ever working when I'm doing it. I like working with my hands.”

— Bobby Kerlik

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