Lt. Governor Presents Civic Engagement Award

McLean Presents First Lt. Governor Civic Engagement Award

Anaconda Man Honored for Service in Classroom










Lt. Governor Angela McLean honored an Anaconda man today in the first of a series of Lt. Governor Civic Engagement Awards.

The award was presented today to Mike Kovacich at the Vocational Technology Building at Anaconda High School. After retiring from a thirty year career as a machinist and mechanic for Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Mike helped high school teacher, Ryan Pesanti, start a milling and machining class. For the last three years, Mike has assisted in the classroom every day and has encouraged students to become future engineers and hobbyists in the profession.

“In addition to his previous work as a public servant in the vo-tech field, Mike served as a member of the National Guard for 7 years and as a volunteer firefighter with the Anaconda Fire Department for several years,” said Lt. Governor Angela McLean. “Today, he spends countless hours bettering the community and serving as a mentor to students. Mike’s continuous, selfless commitment to the people of Montana makes me proud to stand here before you and honor him for his contributions.”

According to Ryan Pesanti, Mike turned the dream of teaching a milling and machining class at Anaconda High School into a reality. He has served as an exceptional and natural tutor to children of different backgrounds, and has excelled at using his talents to benefit the district, community, and his family.

Hosted by the Governors’ Office of Community Service, the Lt. Governor Civic Engagement Awards will be presented quarterly to individuals and organizations making an impactful difference in the civic life of Montana communities.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.



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