After just one glance at Trenton Erlinger’s resume, it’s easy to see why he was chosen for the Rosemary Zander Award.
He’s an ambassador for the Design + Entrepreneurship program at SSD’s South Technical High School. He’s president of the Mehlville High School Robotics Club. He trains in mixed martial arts (MMA) and volunteers his time at the W.E. Make event recruiting young women to consider fields based in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). Outside of school, he works part-time at a restaurant, has founded and manages his own landscaping business, and operates a paintball field.
“He’s got a lot of energy,” said Albie Mitchell, instructor in the Design + Entrepreneurship program at South Tech. “He’s a strong student, but he’s also a dynamic personality.”
Trenton sets an example for his peers. Mitchell said that Trenton is the first one to greet guests when they visit class and he steps up for service projects and collaborations with other programs at South Tech.
“These qualities, along with his gregarious personality, are why he was selected to be one of two program ambassadors,” Mitchell said.
And it’s not just about the quantity of his projects. Trenton has taken the time to learn a wide array of tools in the program.
“He has dedicated himself to developing a firm grasp of several technical tools within our makerspace, such as the 3D printer, laser cutter, computer numerical control (CNC) plasma cutter and the CNC router,” Mitchell said.
Trenton is still exploring his career opportunities but is planning on enrolling in Boeing’s pre-employment program with an eye on a career in the aerospace industry.