Several Local Schools Participate in Manufacturing Video Contest

| March 29, 2020

VENANGO CO., Pa., (EYT) – School may not be in session, but teams from local schools are still waiting to see how their videos perform in a competition promoting manufacturing.

(Photo: The Cranberry Area High School “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” team: Damien Moyer, Tanner Beach, Jonah Dean, Brady Engles, Audrey Frazier, and Gabrielle Vogan. Photo provided by team coach Julianna McKissick)

You can help them by voting for your favorite video online.

“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” contests draw entries from across Pennsylvania.

Teams comprised of students and teacher coaches receive camera equipment, software, and professional guidance as they learn to script, record, and edit their video stories.

The contest’s objective is to change students’ perceptions about manufacturing careers.

A team of eighth-grade students at Cranberry Junior/Senior High School produced a two-and-a-half-minute video on Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating, or SFPC, in Franklin. The company provides specialty fabrication parts nationwide.

Much of the video takes place in the company’s showroom, Prime Fitness, located in Franklin. It features exercise equipment manufactured by SFPC.

“Watching this video will help show what manufacturing actually is and the many different types of manufacturing,” student Gabi Vogan explained. “You will see a couple of people who will be describing their jobs and how they got into their field.”

Science teacher and team coach Julianna McKissick said the team of eighth-grade students compiled the video working during a study period and after school.

In addition to the video component, students created a marketing plan to draw attention to their final product.

“Once the video was done, they needed to have a plan for people to see it online,” McKissick said.

The public can watch the videos at and vote for their favorite. Voting for the Pa. Forest and Oil Region takes place Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Judges in each regional contest bestow a variety of awards:

  1. Outstanding Overall Program – This award goes to the program with the highest technical, visual, editing, and storytelling achievements.
  2. Outstanding Career Pathway – This is the award for a story that teaches the audience about how folks got into their jobs. What kind of school did they attend? What schools are out there in that field? How did they get to where they are?
  3. Outstanding Creativity – An award given when a team thinks outside the box to tell a story in a way that is new, innovative, or unexpected.
  4. Outstanding Cool – A video with a lot of personality and flare is the one to come out the coolest.
  5. Viewer’s Choice – Get people out there to vote for your video during the polling dates. The video with the most votes gets this award.
  6. Outstanding Marketing – By working hard on a creative plan to get your message out to the community, and to encourage as many people as possible to watch your video.

The contest divides the state into sections. Venango County schools participate in the Pa. Forest & Oil Region portion. That region includes school districts in Venango, Clarion, Warren, and Forest Counties.

Participating schools include:

  • Cranberry Junior/Senior High School featuring Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating in Franklin
  • West Forest Junior/Senior High School focusing on Car Mate Trailers in Leeper
  • Rocky Grove High School profiling Franklin Industries in Franklin
  • Oil City Area Senior High School showcasing Matric group in Seneca
  • Titusville High School spotlighting Roser Technologies, Inc. in Titusville
  • East Forest High School highlighting Kahle’s Kitchens in Leeper
  • Christian Life Academy featuring Webco Industries in Reno
  • Eisenhower High School describing Betts Industries in Warren

All videos are two-and-a-half minutes and include a minimum of three interviews.

Funds to develop the contests were provided in 2013 by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development‘s “Discovered in Pa., Developed in Pa.” program.

Since COVID-19 has closed the state’s schools, awards will be announced virtually.

Pa. Forest and Oil Region award winners will be named on April 16. State awards are on April 29.

The videos are an opportunity to get an inside look at different aspects of the state’s manufacturing industry and just how far those products reach.

“You can see some of the products that Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating helps make,” said Vogan. “You may also see how some products will get packaged to be shipped off to possibly other countries.”

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