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Calhoun County Middle School and Armacell, LLC Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Calhoun County Middle School’s video submission in the Kanawha Valley region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases how Armaflex®, the most trusted brand in flexible, fiber-free mechanical insulation, as well as thermoplastic insulation materials, noise control products, and specialty foams are manufactured in the company’s Spencer, West Virginia facility.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and Viewer's Choice.  Visit to view the Calhoun County Middle School video and cast your vote in the Viewer’s Choice Contest.  Voting closes on April 16th at midnight.

The Calhoun County Middle School team: Ezra Anderson, Hanlea Campbell, Riley Hupp, Anessia Kerby, Bailey Metz, Trinity Probasco, Iyree Reynolds, Brantley Smith, Alex Starcher, and Avery Wood.

“The Explore Student Video Contest empowers students to take on the full responsibility of creating a significant project with “real-world” roles, as well as allowing student to take charge of their own education,” commented Daniel Cosgrove, faculty advisor. 

”Armacell strives to make a positive impact in our community, there is no better investment than investing in our youth,” stated Eric Hoskins, Plant Manager.   In addition to Hoskins, Armacell support team includes Matt Sampson (Production Manager), and Martha Kyer (HR Manager).

“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 Calhoun County 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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Upcoming Dates

11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
Date 04.11.2024 - 04.18.2024
11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region Judging
04.11.2024 - 04.17.2024
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Manufacturer's Critique
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Team's Judging Packet
17 Apr
SVC - MID_OHIO VALLEY Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
04.17.2024 - 04.24.2024
17 Apr
SVC - MID-OHIO Region Judging
04.17.2024 - 04.23.2024

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