VARDEN—Since the start of the year, nine eighth-graders at Western Wayne Middle School worked diligently on a video production project as part of the Northeast Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center's (NEPIRC's) Northeast “What's so Cool About Manufacturing?” (WSCM) contest.

For their efforts, the group – consisting of Julie Bryan, Trinity Foulds, Ivan Knecht, Skylar Long, Alaina Maiocco, Ella Pavlovich, Evan Pierce, Bernie Roedeo, and Kailey Tickner under the tutelage of Guidance Counselor Joe Totsky – took home the Outstanding Editing award last Tuesday night, April 9, at the WSCM awards ceremony held at Scranton's The Theater at North.

A NEPIRC release notes there were over 700 attendees this year and voting on the student video contest “received a significant increase.”

Prior to the award ceremony,Western Wayne's crew received district accolades for their project at the Board of Directors meeting held April 1.

Middle School Principal Kristen Donohue stated at the board meeting, “I'm immensely proud of this group...You guys are all winners in our book.”

Donohue explained the students' project entailed spending time at Boyce Products in Damascus, learning about the business, it's workers, and the manufacturing work they do.

“This group worked tremendously hard,” said Donohue. “...They didn't really have any experience working with video production. And under the guidance, no pun intended, of Mr. Totsky, they really did learn a lot about video production.”

Board President Bernice Fiorella commended the group, stating, “I did see the video and it was so well done. Congratulations.”

According to a NEPIRC release, the WSCM contest, “gives students the opportunity to connect with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths and STEM education.”

More information about the contest is available at: http://www.whatssocool.org.

Other awardees

Middle-schoolers from Wallenpaupack Intermediate School also brought home an award last Tuesday.

They received the Outstanding Outreach Plan for their video on manufacturing at New Wave Custom Woodworking.

Other winners in the Northeast region include:

• J.T. Lambert Intermediate School, winning the Outstanding Overall Program award for their video on Weiler Abrasives;

• Northeast Scranton Intermediate School, winning the Outstanding Educational Value award for their video on Pride Mobility Products Corp.;

• Dunmore High School, winning the Viewers Choice award for their video on Hendrick Manufacturing;

• Wyoming Valley West Middle School, winning the Outstanding Career Pathway award for their video on Nivert Metal Supply.