|Winners of the IWF-WoodLINKS USA RTA Contest included two students from Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis. Shown are, left to right, student Ambrose Hetzel, third place; Patrick Molzahn, MATC Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program Director; and first place, student Joseph Disch.|
|Second place finisher in the IWF-WoodLINKS RTA Contest was Quinter High School in Quinter, Kan. Shown, left to right, are teacher Brain Roesch, and students Josh Simon, Tim Roesch and Brady Reed.|
According to the release, the competition was open to WoodLINKS students from the United States and Canada. In addition to designing and manufacturing a product which could be disassembled and legally checked in on a commercial aircraft without weight or volume penalties, the contest also required students to submit a complete marketing plan and sales strategy for their product.
The projects were judged on concept, design, materials sourcing, production logistics, assembly instructions and a marketing plan. Also taken into account was creativity and quality, according to the release. The judges were Helen Kuhl, editor of Custom Woodworking Business; Duane Griffiths, director of Stiles Education; and Herb Meldahl, marketing director for OnSite Woodworking in Loves Park, IL.
Third place winners in the WoodLINKS USA RTA contest at IWF were students from Harper Creek High School, Battle Creek, Mich. Shown are left to right, teacher Ralph Hermanson, and students Tom Thurston, Brian Williams and Nathan France.
All winning schools received a free CAD/CAM software license from Art CAM, a division of Delcam, according to the release. Other prizes, donated by WoodLINKS Wisconsin, were: first place, a Milwaukee Tool 12-inch compound miter saw; second place, a four-piece 18-volt tool set; third place, a Hitachi 18 volt drill driver; third place, a DeWalt electric drill driver.
Cash prizes included: $1,000 for MATC; $700 for Quinter High School; and $500 for Harper Creek High School. The cash prizes, as well as expenses for airfare, hotel and other expenses were covered by IWF show exhibitors-Great Lake Woods, Inc. Original Saw Co., CCF Industries, Ex-Factory Inc., Rikon Power Tool, Vortex Tool Co. Inc., Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America and Architectural Woodwork Institute organizations- William H. Winter Scholarship and the Southern Woodwork Association Scholarship.
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