Cintas Reveals 2021 Custodian of the YearMay 4, 2021
The contest, now in its eighth year, called for elementary, middle, high-school, and college students, in addition to staff, to submit a short essay describing why their school’s custodian deserves the award. Heiry, a custodian at North Allegheny Intermediate High School in Pittsburgh, earned 20% of the contest’s total votes cast for the 10 national finalists.
“Whether it’s being a role model or providing a safe and healthy environment for students, this contest celebrates the important—and often overlooked—role custodians play in schools,” said Sean Mulcahey, Cintas marketing manager. “It’s clear that Mike is a beloved member of the North Allegheny Intermediate community, and we are thrilled to honor Mike as this year’s 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year.”
Nearly 800 students surprised Heiry at a ceremony hosted in the high school’s auditorium featuring a marching band drumline and posters created by the student government organization. As the winning custodian, Heiry received a cash prize of US$10,000 and an additional $5,000 in Rubbermaid Commercial Products and Cintas products for his school. North Allegheny Intermediate High School will also receive a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA valued at $20,000 and enrollment in the GBAC Fundamentals Online Course, provided by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. The nine runners-up each received $1,000 and free tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) training event, valued at up to $1,500.
“Custodians are pivotal in providing a clean and healthy environment for students and staff across the country,” said John Barrett, ISSA Executive Director. “ISSA is committed to providing the industry outstanding training and certification programs that make cleaning easier, more efficient, and more effective and we are pleased to offer training to the top school custodians in the U.S.”
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corp. provides uniforms and apparel, restroom supplies, and mats as well as first aid, document management, and fire protection services. For more information, visit www.cintas.com.