Chaffee’s Rayney Held won Best in Show on Friday with her “Walnut and Maple Table” at the 73rd Annual T.E.A.M. Industrial Technology Fair held in the Bess Activity Center at Three Rivers College. Three Rivers College has hosted the fair for more than 20 years.
Seventy-five projects, including Held’s, qualified for the state competition. Ten students qualified multiple projects, including Chaffee’s Tori Strohmeyer, who led all students with five state qualifications. Students from Chaffee, Bunker, Jackson, North County, Potosi, Ellington, and Van Buren displayed 211 projects across 13 categories, including woodworking, art, robotics, and more.
North County’s Savannah Hasemeier, who built a “Gentleman’s Table” for her project, earned a $2400 scholarship.
Chaffee students won Best in Class in seven different categories, including Anna Spies with “Aladdin Movie Poster,” Nate Pfefferkorn with “Leg Press Machine,” Colby Stratton with “Sun-Glasses,” Kolton Spies with “Spalted Maple Guitar,” Alyssa Dumey with “Wooden Barn Quilt,” Lauren Wagoner with “Maple Storage Bench,” and the 11-person team named The Dysfunctionals (Held, Strohmeyer, Sierra Brown, Jaxon Cannon, Seth Fraser, Andrew Nix, Eli Nix, Joe Pfefferkorn, Cayleee Schultz, Addison Stratton, and Zeke Wessel) were Best in Class with “FTC Robot.”
Jackson students won three categories. Collin Havill was Best in Class with “Hammer and Punch,” Conner Rodgers won with “Radial Engine,” and Alex Lewis won with “Chess Set.”
Potosi’s Kairi Politte took Best in Class with “Fox,” and classmate Mandy Silakowsky was Best in Class with “Segmented Bowl.”
North County’s Kyle Carver won Best in Class for “End Table.”
“The Industrial Technology Fair provides an invaluable experience for the students who participate and compete in it,” said Heather Carlton, Information Systems Technology Instructor at Three Rivers and one of the event’s coordinators. “It gives them an incentive to pull out all the stops on their work, and it allows them a chance to see what other students like them are creating. The end result tends to be amazing, professional-quality projects.”
T.E.A.M. (Technology Education Association of Missouri) is a teacher organization that is affiliated with ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association), ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education), National TSA (Technology Student Association) and Missouri TSA. The organization focuses on supporting industrial technology educators by providing conferences, workshops and educational newsletters, curriculum, and student-based competitive programs.