Nathan Crossley ’21 was selected as the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center Student of the Year

Lincoln Academy senior Nathan Crossley has been selected as the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center (BRCTC) Student of the Year. Now finishing his second year in the BRCTC Electrical program, Crossley plans to go on to Washington County Community College to pursue a one-year Electrical Technology program.

In awarding the Student of the Year honor to Crossley, BRCTC cited his drive to succeed, approachable personality, and top-notch electrical work. A statement from the program reads, “When he finishes one task, he is always proactive to find more that he can learn from, often asking ‘What’s next?’ His unyielding enthusiasm for the field is contagious to those around him.”

Crossley is a member of National Technical Honor Society, and has participated in baseball, track, cross country, and lacrosse at LA, as well as taking ceramics.

Crossley “loves everything about electrical work. It changes every day, and is hands-on, which is the best part. It is interesting and challenging and always something different.” He plans to go into residential electrical work after college, though someday he might pursue electrical engineering like his father and grandfather, who have both worked as electrical engineers for the state of Maine.

LA Math teacher Shelly Richardson is his academic advisor at LA, and she said, “we have all enjoyed the many stories that Nathan has shared with us in advisor group over the years. He will do anything you ask of him. He’s a hard worker with a passion for electrical work as well as working on vehicles. He deserves all of his accolades from BRCTC.”

“Nate has a strong drive to succeed, produces excellent electrical work and is always looking for what more he can learn and do,” said Sarah Wills-Viega, Lincoln Academy’s Director of Guidance and Studies. “Given these qualities, it is no surprise that Nate was selected for this honor.”

Lincoln Academy sends over forty students to BRCTC every year. These students spend half of their day at the tech center in Bath during their junior and senior years. Through this concentrated work, students learn technical skills and often earn certifications and college credits in their field of study.

Crossley is excited to finish his one year Electrical program at WCCC and start working towards the 4,000 hours required for a journeyman electrician. While he was surprised and pleased to win the Student of the Year award, it doesn’t impact his course of study, which he said “is already all set.” As for advice he would give to students considering the Electrical Technology program at BRCTC, including his brother Kevin, a current sophomore at LA, Crossley said, “Go for it. It really is a good class and Bath has really good teachers. Once you get in it you’re not going to want to leave.”