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Huntington Middle School and Alcon Research Ltd Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Huntington Middle School’s video submission in the Kanawha Valley region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases how Alcon Research helps people see brilliantly so they can live brilliantly.

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

The Huntington Middle School team: Rheya Bostic, Henry Davis, Bayleigh Creasy, Marshall Fox, Audra Gerlach, Conner Ison, Ya’Riah Petties, Nate Riegel, and Amelia Rollyson. 

“The Explore Student Video Contest has been a good opportunity for my students to learn about what Alcon Research does for our community and globally, and the skills needed for success in that career field, Leann Haines, faculty advisor, explained. “They have learned how to tell a story in video format and have gained a myriad of relevant skills – planning, storyboarding, interviewing, filming, and editing – all while working as a team!” 

“Alcon was excited to partner with Huntington Middle School on this project,” commented Erin Adkins, NA East HR Site Head.  “While it is always wonderful to showcase our company, it was more important for us to connect with local students to help clarify the opportunities in Manufacturing in our state. WV offers amazing opportunities with which to build a long career. Alcon is only one of many great companies that allow opportunities for growth, advancement and development in the Mountain State. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Explore the New Manufacturing and connecting with students through their programs.” In addition to Adkins, Alcon Research support team included Pam Alcala (Training Supervisor), Ed Bailey (Manufacturing Supervisor), Donna Bailey (Production Technician), Jodi Chandler (Production Technician), Andy Baker (Training Specialist), Tiffany Daniels (Facilities Support Specialist), Cory Dill (Manufacturing Sr. Manager), Glade Keener (Manufacturing and OpEx Manager), Madison Parsons (Manufacturing Trainer), Ron Piaskowski (Sr. Principal Tech Steward), Brandon Shaw (Production Technician), Nate Simpkins (Manufacturing Supervisor), Brandon Vance (Quality Specialist), and Sunshine Walls (Scheduler). 

“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 Huntington 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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