Elk County Catholic High School Student of the Year

2019 – Isaac Gradl

Pictured is Isaac Gredl, Kendra Smithbauer, and the Owner & President Vern Kreckel III


On April 19th 2019, Elk County Catholic High School Senior Isaac Gradl and his family visited Kreckel Enterprises Inc. Isaac was chosen as the company’s 2019 Student of the Year in December of 2018 at a special Alumni Mass. Also, he will Job Shadow at Kreckel Enterprises the summer of 2019. Isaac along with his parents Zig and Wendy Gradl and his sisters Meliana and Addison Gradl are pictured at the Award Wall (below) at Kreckel Enterprises.

(Back) Zig, Isaac, and Wendy Gradl
(Front) Meliana and Addison Gradl
Isaac Gradl

2018 – Kendra Smithbauer

Pictured is
Vern Kreckel III, Mary Kreckel (Vern’s Mother), Kendra Smithbauer, Courtney Lenze, Janet Stebick, and Tom Maholtz.

At a special Alumni Mass held on December 15th, 2017 at Elk County Catholic High School, Kreckel Enterprises Inc. honored Senior Kendra Smithbauer as their first “Student of the Year” award winner in memory of Lavern G. Kreckel Jr. (Elk County Christian High School Class of 1963). The Kreckel Family planned the recognition after company co-founder Lavern G. Kreckel Jr. passed away in August, 2017.

Along with the Kreckel family Kendra is a fellow member of St. Marys Church where she is an Altar Server and sings in the Choir. At ECC she participates in the Band and in the Yearbook Club as well as many other activities. Kendra will accompany the ECCHS FBLA Students on a tour of Kreckel Enterprises in the spring as a representative of the company. Kendra was awarded a certificate, an official company T-Shirt, and a few other things to make her day happy. A special St. Joseph Medal from Scott and Ann (Kreckel) Reedy and family was also awarded to Kendra.