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Mountain Ridge Middle School and Quad Graphics team up for the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Mountain Ridge Middle School’s video submission in the Eastern Region What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest.  The video showcases the printing process used by Quad Graphics, located in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit to view the Mountain Ridge Middle School video.

"This video contest allows students to identify and research what is being manufactured in their community," commented Jodi Basile, Mountain Ridge Middle School educator.

Participating Mountain Ridge students: Bailey Basile, Kayleigh Lewis, Elizabeth Stegmaier, and Marissa Washer.

Mountain Ridge educator and coaches:  Jodi Basile and Jonathan Perkins.

“We take our values very seriously, and part of that is doing things for the rose,” stated Kevin Haught, Quad Graphics Retention and Acquisition Manager.  “As part of our values wheel, ‘Do it for the rose’ means to pursue excellence as a goal, invest in yourself, invest in your community and the world.”

Quad participants: Brooke Boyer, Mail Specialist; Bill Dehaven, Pressroom Business Area Manager; 

Kevin Haught, Retention and Acquisition Manager; and Tony Pendzich, Finishing Department Head.
“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s workforce in manufacturing in West Virginia,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing Program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturing Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “This generation has a real opportunity to have lifelong careers in modern manufacturing environments that will use skills in technology, problem-solving, innovation, and communication.”

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