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Weirton Madonna Jr. High and Tecnocap, LLC Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

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Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Weirton Madonna Jr. High School’s video submission in the Northern region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases all the cool things that happen at Tecnocap’s Glen Dale manufacturing facility.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit to view the Weirton Madonna Jr. High School video and cast your vote in the Viewer’s Choice Contest.  Voting closes on March 26th at midnight.

The Weirton Madonna Jr. High School team: Haley Brightwell, Andy Caparese, Lucia DiBacco, Aubrey Duckworth, Jake Goddard, Mira Jasko, Ben Lazear, Marleigh O’Brien, Lacy Quering, Sophia Soly, and Makenna Weirsbicki. 

“Working with Tecnocap was a fantastic experience for our team,” commended Caitlin McLang, a faculty advisor for the team. “The quality of their products and the technology behind it all really shows that the future is here in the Ohio Valley.”  The team was also supported by Jeremy Eloi, faculty advisor. 

Tecnocap’s support team: Mike Demko and Richard Smith. 

“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 Manufacturers 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. “We are excited to share Weirton Madonna Jr. High School’s video with you.  The team did an excellent job, and their results illustrate the use of creativity, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.” 

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