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Explore the New Manufacturing Announces Winners for the Explore Student Video Contest Northern Region

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to announce the winners of the Explore Student Video Contest Northern region. Middle school teams were judged on the creation of a 3-minute video about their manufacturing partner, the employees, and cool aspects of the company.

The Best Manufacturing Message Award was presented to Moundsville Middle School for their video about Paul Wissmach Glass Co. Moundsville's winning video declares that shipping art glass all over the world makes Paul Wissmach a very cool manufacturer. 

Team members include Owen Berisford, David Durig III, Adam Evans, Lillie Goddard, Hailey Hill, Lexi Landis, Irelyn Lowe, Elin McGuire, Fiona Ren, Brayden Slaughter, Lorelei Williams, Sadi Willis, and Kaelyn Wyatt.   

The Outstanding Creativity Award was presented to Bridge Street Middle School for their video about Silgan Plastics Corportation.  Bridge Street’s winning video showcase how Silgan Plastics Corporation uses plastic injection molding machines to produce lids for a variety of products. 

Team members include Ethan Brown, Andrew Conley, Kathleen Gonzalez, Brennan Hoffman, Ethan Holt, Jordan Karan, Gianni Luckino, Leah McWha, Terriyah Mosby, Brian Phillips, Liam Queen, Colton Shearer, Jayden Stanford, Joeyana Strothers, and Owen Zheng.

The Viewer's Choice Award was presented to Oak Glen Middle School for their video about the Fiesta Tableware Company. Setting a new record for the Northern Region, the Oak Glen team got their fan base to show their support with their vote. The voting was open to students, parents, educators, and community members.

Team members include Landen Gentile, Nate Groetzinger, Keira Vick, and Addy Wells. 

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Participating middle schools included Bridge Street Middle School, Booke Middle School, Moundsville Middle School, Oak Glen Middle School, Sherrard Middle School, and Weirton Madonna Jr. High School.

Participating manufacturers included Edgington Studios, Fiesta Tableware Company, Paul Wissmach Glass Co., Pietro Fiorentini USA, Silgan Plastics Corporation, and Tecnocap, LLC. 

The Explore Student Video Contest is a favorite of students, teachers, and manufacturers,” said Program Director Monica Cross.  “This year’s competitors stepped up to produce some great videos.  The regional contests are a vital component of our initiative of creating awareness about the types of job opportunities modern day manufacturing offers.” Cross 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. 

The Explore Student Video Contest provides a first-hand glimpse into modern manufacturing for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students.  Each participating school is provided with a video camera and kit by Explore the New Manufacturing.  The program is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, as well as company and individual contributions. 

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