Young woodworkers at Emerson and Holmes junior high schools won not one, but two outstanding project awards in the Industrial & Technology Education Competition at the California State Fair this summer, reports their teacher, Lance Gunnersen.
A Davis student, Daniel Medina, also claimed the coveted Golden Bear Trophy for the project judged best in show.
The competition is open to California students and their instructors in seventh grade through community college. Areas of competition are drafting, graphic arts, media, electronics, metal fabrication and woodworking.
The judges give only one first-place award, one second and one third in each of the five classes, Gunnersen said.
“Since our program is a one-semester program, most of our entries are in Class 1 for first-year student,” he explained. “Other classes are for students enrolled in industrial and technology education for a second, third and fourth year. A fifth class covers group project. We swept the competition in Class 1!”
The big winner was Medina, who received first place, best in show, the MacBeath Hardwood Award ($150 gift certificate) and an Outstanding Award for a red oak desk in the furniture under $150 division, Class 1.
Other Davis winners were: Cole Adams, Ruben Espitia, Richard Van Dyke, Yiorgos Callaway and Joaquin Pierce, first place and outstanding group project for a biplane in the wood group project division, Class 1; Ryan Lovell, second place for a tongue drum in the wood project division, Class 1; Benjamin Tang, second place for an outdoor rocking chair in the furniture under $150 division, Class 1; Conner Amesbury, third place for a goblet in wood project division, Class 1; Cameron Parkhurst, third place for a round display table in the furniture under $150 division, Class 1; Chris Allen, honorable mention for a chair in the furniture under $150 division, Class 2; Preethi Bhat, honorable mention and best hand-drawn plans for an end table in the furniture under $150 division, Class 2; and Bach Khang Nguyen, honorable mention for an Adirondack chair in the furniture under $150 division, Class 1.
Gunnersen also won first place for a sofa table in a competition for instructors.
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