Graves County senior Eli Kirschbaum’s competitive nature has served him well, whether on the football field or in the classroom.

It has helped him garner past player of the week and academic honors on the gridiron and sparked his interest in pursuing a career as an electrician.

“He’s a real mature young man. He’s got a good head on his shoulders, and he really wants to make sure he picks the right path for the future,” said Brad Tucker, his electricity instructor at the Mayfield/Graves County Area Technology Center.

“He has a good work ethic, is really interested in the trade as far as electricity, and probably has the most competitive nature of any student that I’ve had.”

Kirschbaum, the son of Michael and Kara Kirschbaum, Mayfield, has been chosen as this week’s Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Student of the Week.

“I really like working with electricity, just the way it works and seeing the impact it has on people,” Kirschbaum said.

“It’s an essential part of everybody’s life. There will always be a need for it, and being able to provide that for people and seeing other people’s joy brings me joy.”

Kirschbaum is keeping his options open about how to pursue his career as an electrician, including first attending West Kentucky Community and Technical College. He says he would prefer to remain in the area after establishing a career.

Tucker has no doubt Kirschbaum will be successful.

“He’s going to work hard at everything he does,” he said.

“These kids are the ones that end up moving up the food chain. They’re not just ‘getting by,’ they’re excelling.”

A story featuring the AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week will run in The Paducah Sun each Friday through April 30 with recipients chosen by instructors and administrators at the seven area technical centers that serve students in the state’s 13 westernmost counties.

In addition to the Mayfield-Graves Area Technology Center, this year’s 29 AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Students of the Week are chosen from the Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Caldwell Regional Career Center, Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton, Marshall County Technical Center, Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center and Paducah Innovation Hub.

At the area technical centers, students are learning skills in areas such as electricity, automotive technology, carpentry, industrial maintenance, machine tool technology and welding that will help them join the workforce upon graduation and help fill the need for skilled workers in the area.

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