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Carroll career and tech team document student projects for national competition

Carroll County Career and Technology Center’s American Spirit team is gearing up for a national competition that requires turning in a book documenting students’ trades and practices.

The three-member team will submit their book to SkillsUSA National Competition judges next week. Inside the book will be three projects: the Luna Moth project, a shed for Freedom Elementary School and a CTE promotional TV stand.

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Leslie Zimmer, instructional assistant at the tech center, said the Luna Moth project has been worked on for over two years and the final phase is being entered into another competition in October.

It’s her favorite project. Welding students cut out moth-like wings and welded them together to make the metal insect.

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Students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center learn how to make the Luna moth.
Students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center learn how to make the Luna moth. (Leslie Zimmer)

“They are given to a fallen soldier’s mother who, in turn, gives those moths to another family,” she said. The tradition will last for years, she added.

For the TV stand project, a drafting student came up with its plan, drew them up in CAD, or a computer-aided design, then the welding students worked to bring it to life. Even the masonry team joined in to make the base of the stand, making it look “free-standing” Zimmer said.

Students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center pose next to a TV mounted by a stand they created.
Students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center pose next to a TV mounted by a stand they created. (Leslie Zimmer)

The carpenter students were the creators of the storage shed. Freedom Elementary School was in need of more storage space, Zimmer said. “So they came to us,” she added.

Carpentry students at Carroll County Career and Technology Center built a shed for Freedom Elementary School.
Carpentry students at Carroll County Career and Technology Center built a shed for Freedom Elementary School. (Leslie Zimmer)

It now houses the physical education equipment.

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Zimmer said the American Spirit Team competed in 2019 and placed ninth out of about 25 teams. Her goal is for them to be a little higher this year. The book is created by students in the print production program. After the students submit the work, they will be interviewed by judges on its content.

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