U.P. Apprentice of the Year 2016 named

Courtesy photo Kevin Pratt, center, was recently named Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year. Also shown are finalists Erin Lakenen, left, and Paul Barna.

HARRIS — Approximately 180 people met at Island Resort & Casino in Harris on Saturday,

Feb. 25, for the sixth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet.

The winner of this year’s award was Kevin Pratt, an apprentice member of IBEW Local 906. The two finalists were Erin Lakenen, IBEW Local 906 and Paul Barna, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.

This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.

The selection panel was made up of James Ebli, president, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, executive vice president, Range Bank; Don Maki, commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; Mike Fornetti, VERSO Corporation;and Art Gischia, senior vice president for administration, Northern Michigan University.

Altogether there were 20 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.