The invitation read “You have impacted my life as a student and I would be honored to have you present and to receive recognition for all you have done for me.” Mr. Charles “Buzz” Mendonsa, the Diesel Tech instructor at Pike-Lincoln Tech Center, received a letter of invitation from Dylan Noll asking him to be his guest at his last home football game on October 21st.
As part of Troy’s Senior Night recognition, each player was allowed to invite an instructor to be honored at their “Faculty Night with the Trojans.” Prior to the game, each senior player was introduced, their parents recognized with the player giving their mom a rose, and their instructor was introduced and presented a framed certificate of appreciation.
When Dylan, a second-year Diesel Tech student, was asked to express his thoughts about Mr. Mendonsa, he said such things as “He’s my favorite teacher…He’s a fun teacher and really does teach you. He makes learning fun…He’s upfront, helps you through things, and treats you as an adult. If you have a question or a problem, he’ll help you with it.”
Dylan’s future plans are to attend a technical college to continue his education in the automotive field.
Asked about Pike-Lincoln Tech Center, Dylan said “It’s a great school. If you want to learn a lot about the field you want to go into, this is the place to go. You learn just like you’re in college and it doesn’t cost anything.”
Mr. Mendonsa said, “I was extremely honored to be recognized by Dylan. It’s very rewarding to realize you’re making a difference in students’ lives.”
Dylan’s mother Tonya Noll (#2 in light jersey), Dylan, and Mr. Mendonsa being recognized on Senior Night and Faculty Night with the Trojans prior to Troy’s last home football game.