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WyoTech-Daytona has selected Cragg Thompson of Daytona Beach as the school's 2012 Dream Award recepient.
Mr. Thompson is a recent graduate from the marine specialist program with emphasis on advanced marine. The award recognizes graduates who have overcome extraordinary obstacles to complete their post-secondary education and find success in their chosen fields.
While working in retail management, Mr. Thompson realized he wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a watercraft technician. He enrolled at WyoTech-Daytona as a full-time student, while also maintaining a full-time job.
During his tenure at WyoTech, he had a series of life changing events, which included serious health issues, financial hardships and family problems. Due to housing issues, Mr. Thompson and his family were left financially strained. His wife was diagnosed with a chronic illness and he became the legal guardian of his grandchildren in order to provide them with a more stable home environment.
Throughout his struggles, he excelled in the marine specialist program at WyoTech. He quickly became a class leader and achieved "Eagle Tech" status, which requires a student to have a 4.0 grade point average with an outstanding attendance record. He also was accepted into the National Technical Honors Society.
After his graduation, Mr. Thompson accepted a position at Global Maritek in Tamarac. As a Dream Award winner, he was presented with a $2,500 scholarship to pursue advanced programs.