As you can see, I made a good start on developing a strong central leader tree but the tree developed several branches near the top of the tree that, if left to grow this year, would create problems for maintaining a single dominant tree trunk. Let's take a closer look.
My main objective in pruning this three is to define the clear central leader at the top of the tree. In the photo below you can see that the top of this tree is divided into 4 major shoots. Three of those shoots actually developed from stalked buds that sprouted into branches late last summer. I took a close up photo of two of those 3 branches (circled in red) so you can see that bark inclusions were already starting to form (yellow arrows). I pruned out all 3 branches that had formed from stalked buds.
I'll need to come back to this tree after the buds break to make directive pruning cuts to maintain a strong central leader.