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Hogan Cedars Elementary School custodian is finalist for national recognition

COURTESY PHOTO - Nick Sifuentes, a custodian at Hogan Cedars Elementary School, has been named a finalist in the nationwide school Custodian of the Year contest and the $10,000 winner will be determined by popular vote. Nick Sifuentes, a custodian at Hogan Cedars Elementary School, has been named a finalist in the nationwide Custodian of the Year contest.

The $10,000 winner will be determined by popular vote.

"It's all about the kids" for Nick, Elaine Luckenbaugh, Hogan Cedars principal said. "He exemplifies our mission of engaging hearts and minds. Every single student in the school knows Nick."

Luckenbaugh noted Sifuentes was selected as one of the top 10 finalists out of more than 4,000 nominations from schools across the country.

If he wins, he'll get a $5,000 cash prize and the school will receive $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial products. Cintas provides cleaning products, services, uniforms and other resources to companies and institutions nationwide.

Luckenbaugh said Sifuentes "keeps Hogan Cedars a safe, secure and healthy place," but his importance to the school goes way beyond those important skills.

"He acts as a mentor to kids that might need a little extra time or attention," she said.

The Gresham-Barlow School District recently awarded an Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award to Sifuentes for his outstanding service and dedication to the school.

Sifuentes leads the school's Green Team and recycling program. He also serves on the Safety and Wellness Committee and Resource Team.

Although Cintas Corporation spilled the beans in a press release Tuesday, Luckenbaugh managed to keep his finalist status a secret from Sifuentes and the students until a Wednesday assembly when the student body celebrated his achievement

To vote for Sifuentes, visit cintas.com/BestCustodian to cast a ballot. Polls are open until April 19.


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