Pottstown Business Duo’s Award Honors Grandmother

Well-wishers surround award winner Brandon Tinson at Pottstown Middle School

POTTSTOWN PA – A Pottstown Middle School eighth-grader on Monday (March 5, 2012) got a helping hand from local business owners Michael and Joseph Van of Perfect Connection Installations Inc., who are say they are honoring their grandmother by helping young students achieve dreams of academic and adult success.

Each semester, according to Pottstown School District Community Relations Director John Armato, the Vans are presenting their “Theresa Vitolo Award” to a middle school student selected for his or her academic performance, school achievement, and community contribution. The first recipient is scholar-athlete Brandon Tinson, who won a computer, printer, and educational software.

Tinson is the quarterback of the school football team, and captain of its basketball team. With all that extracurricular activity, he still maintained honor roll grades, Armato indicated.

Social studies teacher Stephen Allen called Tinson “is a conscientious, hard-working student who always tries his best to be successful.  He has proven himself to be a leader not only in the classroom, but on the field and court … He is our definition of a student-athlete that gives 100 percent at everything he does.”

“Brandon is well on his way to becoming a young man that will be an excellent representative of our school and community,” Principal Gail Cooper added.

Tnson expressed gratitude and surprise at the award, Armato reported.