LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A custodian at duPont Manual High School has been named a Top 10 finalist in a national competition and he needs your votes to help him win $10,000.

Louis “Bo” James has a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial products and services for the school.

The Janitor of the Year contest -- hosted by Cintas Corporation -- shines a spotlight on those who work behind the scenes year round to make schools a clean, safe and positive place.

From the janitor who uses his own money to buy supplies to the janitor who greets every student by name, the top 10 individuals named as finalists in the 2016 Janitor of the Year contest go above and beyond every day to create a clean and healthy learning environment for students.

Bo James' bio on the website reads: 

Bo James’ genuine kind soul has been recognized by both current and former students. His joyful spirit and open heart light up the halls of duPont Manual High School. Whether he’s dressing up for spirit week, offering emotional support or maintaining the old high school building, Bo always has a smile on his face. He doesn't just do his job, he makes an effort to have a conversation with everyone he meets and is a confidant and friend to many of the students. He is seen as not only a great custodian, but as one of the best humans students have had the pleasure of coming in contact with.

Public voting begins today (one vote per person per day) and ends April 15. The janitor with the most votes will receive the $10,000 grand prize.

Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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