A man who works at a local high school is among the top ten finalists for "Janitor of the Year."
Cintas Corporation says this nationwide contest aims to honor those who "truly rule the school."
And - Patrick Peterson of North Valleys High School made the cut.
He's been there for three years - and his peers say he is not just the head janitor, he is the heart of North Valleys High. He's described as "the best of the best."
You can vote for Patrick online and if he wins, he will get $2,500 and another $2,500 in supplies and services for the school.
"We've received some amazing stories of heroism, compassion and friendship," said Dave Mesko, Senior Director of Marketing, Cintas Corp. "The top 10 finalists for this year's award are ambassadors for their schools and true figures in their communities. We are thrilled to share their stories and look forward to seeing who the public selects as their favorite."
The top ten finalists are:
1. Larry Aupperlee – Minnesauke Elementary School (East Setauket, NY)
2. Grady Harris – Hilltop Elementary School (Wyoming, OH)
3. Stuart Langford – Chico Country Day Charter School (Chico, CA)
4. Arthur Moore – Upson Lee North Elementary School (Thomaston, GA)
5. Patrick Peterson – North Valley High School (Reno, NV)
6. Lynette Prior – Georgetown Middle School (Georgetown, SC)
7. Dan Smith – Henry Senachwine CUSD 5 (Henry, IL)
8. Susan Suehs – Magnolia Elementary School (Joppa, MD)
9. Alan Thibault – W. Edward Balmer Elementary School (Whitinsville, MA)
10. Mike Woodruff – Archbishop McNicholas High School (Cincinnati, OH)