The Rolla Board of Education recently recognized six students from the Rolla Technical Institute's wood manufacturing program.
The Rolla Board of Education recently recognized six students from the Rolla Technical Institute’s wood manufacturing program.
The program is taught by Robert Studdard, who presented a slide show to the school board, showing the winning projects and introducing the students, who received board recognition certificates from school board President Jamie Myers.
“Winning has become a tradition at RTI,” Studdard said. “The program has had at least one student win a state title for 17 years in a row. Students are used to winning and seeing other students succeed.”
The six students each won state championships in their divisions. RTI annually competes in the Technology Education Association of Missouri state contest. The students are required to build a woodworking project to be judged at the contest.
Along with the project score, the students must pass a comprehensive test about woodworking. The test is 25 percent of the overall score. Students are placed in divisions depending on several factors such as age, type of project and size of project.
“When the students start planning their projects, many of them look for a project that they think has a chance to win,” Studdard said. “One of the unique things about the student’s project is that they design the project themselves. The students are very creative and artistic when they are designing the projects.”
Accompanying this report are photos of the six students and their winning projects.