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Oak Glen Middle School and Fiesta Tableware Company Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

oakglenn vcExplore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Oak Glen Middle School’s video submission in the Northern region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases how employee pride has helped Fiesta to make its iconic tableware for over a hundred years. 

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

The Oak Glen Middle School team:  Landen Gentile, Nate Groetzinger, Keira Vick, and Addy Wells.  The team is supported by faculty advisors, Sydney Wagstaff and Ryan Wells.

“Our favorite part of the student video contest is showing students around our facilities and opening their eyes to opportunities in their own community,” stated Kate Bricker, General Manager of Marketing at Fiesta Tableware Company. “We often find that the students have heard about ‘the pottery’ many times, and may even have family members who work here, but they are seeing it and comprehending what we do for the first time.”

Fiesta’s support team: Katie Bricker and Ken McElhaney.

“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 Oak Glen Middle 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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