Van Wert High School participated in the annual MakerFest event held in Lima. (Photo submitted)
Van Wert High School participated in the annual MakerFest event held in Lima. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – On Friday, Oct. 18, Van Wert High School participated in the annual MakerFest event held in Lima.

MakerFest is an annual two-day event for the Greater Allen County Region to promote career opportunities and awareness where students compete in the areas of Skilled Trades and STEM challenges. In addition, students are encouraged to attend “breakout sessions” in a multitude of career areas and explore/network in the Main Exhibit where nearly 100 companies are represented. The event wrapped up on Saturday with a Career Fair. This year’s event was held at the Allen County Fairgrounds with 36 area high schools participating.

A record number of students (1,500) were in attendance for the event on Friday. Schools competed for the Maker Cup trophy with the top five places earning points for their respective schools. Van Wert High School scored 40,000 points and succeeded in reclaiming the championship trophy after losing by less than one point in 2018. This is the second time in three years Van Wert High School has claimed the Maker Cup award. Coaches include Kerry Koontz, Zane McElroy, and Bob Spath.

Congratulations to Van Wert High School for taking first place, and to the following students for their hard work during the competition:

Makerfest Results (October 2019)

Business Simulation

3rd Place: (TJ Reynolds, Nathan Ruger, Jacob Wasson)

8th Place: (Kirsten Clay, Parker Conrad, Sam Price)

Cake Craziness

6th Place: (Alysia Adkins, McKenzie Berry, Kalena Kelly)

Crane Design

5th Place: (Autumn Howell)

7th Place: (Brody Kerns, Amari Perkins)

20th Place: (Hannah Say, Rachel Spath, Octavius Tucker)

Design a Catapult

1st Place: (Natalie Benner, Grace Dowler, Keigen Martz)

9th Place: (Zach Mason)

12th Place: (Gage Lutz, Lizzie Rutkowski, Turner Witten)

Engineering in a Box

6th Place: (Ryan Chen, Jenna Covey, Sydney Maller)

Network Assembly

1st Place: (Alex Black, Kyle Ferrell, Eli Rollins)

Mind-Numbing Escape

6th Place: (Nick Kraner, Preston Phillips, Ayden Roberts)

Operation

17th Place: (Cassie Priest, Sophie Rutkowski, Devon West)

22nd Place: (Delaney Eyanson, Andrew Li, Colin Place)

Perfection

1st Place: (Katie McVaigh)

4th Place: (Keaton Brown, Stephanie Geething, Katie Hauter, Kayla Krites, Savannah Nygren, & Caleb Sinning)

Rescue Operation

4th Place: (MacKenzie Berry, Ryan Pratt, & Gabe Steyer)

5th Place: (Peyton Money, Sydney Moore, & Carly Rollins)

Robotic Coding

7th Place: (Alex Black, Kyle Ferrell, Sydney Maller)

8th Place: (Billy Odgen, Bobby Spath, Ethan White)

Robotic Roundup

5th Place: (Nicholas Carter, Zane Fast, & Elizabeth Tomlinson)