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Georgia Student Wins ACTE National Student Trophy Design Contest

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August 24, 2017

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312; jnagurka@acteonline.org
  

Georgia Student Wins ACTE National Student Trophy Design Contest
Sophomore in Fayette County Public Schools Wins National Award, Prize for School

Alexandria, VA – Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced McIntosh High School sophomore Brooks Baro as the national student trophy design winner in its second annual student trophy design contest. Brooks is a sophomore at McIntosh High School in the Fayette County Public Schools in Georgia. His teacher is Larry Singleton, who teaches architectural drawing & design and AP computer science at McIntosh. The contest was sponsored by Stratasys, Ltd., a manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems.

Since 1954, ACTE has awarded those who have made exemplary contributions in the field of career and technical education (CTE). The student trophy design contest is a competition for students to design the 3D trophy to be used to award the national winners at the association’s annual VISION conference. This year’s conference will be held in Nashville, TN with roughly 4,000 educators, administrators and CTE industry stakeholders in attendance. Brooks’ submission was selected by ACTE’s Board of Directors out of nearly 400 entries from students all across the country. In addition to having his design used to create this year’s trophies, Brooks will receive a $1,000 scholarship and McIntosh High School will receive a free one-year lease of a 3D printer, courtesy of Stratasys, Ltd. ACTE will also provide Brooks and Mr. Singleton with a trip to Nashville to be honored at the awards banquet.

In his application, Brooks said designing was a major part of his life that he loved, while also stressing that “persistence” plays a key role in creating the “perfect product.” Like other students all across the country, CTE was critical to helping Brooks further his passion. He credited an architecture class with helping him “enjoy using CAD [computer-aided design] programs.” Brooks gave a nod to the importance of education in his design, describing the gimbal in his winning design as representing “the fact that no matter what is happening around the world, teaching will always continue and be a major part of society.”

“CTE classrooms all across the country are breeding grounds for the next generation of American innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, and more,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Brooks’ outstanding achievement, and his testimonial about CTE, are further evidence of the critical role high-quality CTE plays in maintaining and growing America’s role in the global economy. We are so proud of Brooks and his accomplishments, and we are honored to have him be such a public ambassador for all that today’s CTE has to offer.”

“We were impressed with the high level of creativity among the many designs,” says Gina Scala, Stratasys Director of Global Marketing for Education.  “The complex and moving parts in Brooks’ design, along with its aesthetics, make his entry stand out. Brooks’ project really showcased the capabilities of additive technology. We are pleased to partner with ACTE to encourage the next generation of designers, coders and engineers, and we are excited to loan the 3D printer to McIntosh High School so Brooks and other students can continue to pursue their passions.”

Brooks, ACTE and Stratasys are available for interviews upon request. Below are photos of Brooks’ trophy design and photos (courtesy Matthew Gambill) from the morning of August 24 when representatives from Stratasys and Georgia ACTE met with Brooks and his class, Mr. Singleton, and Fayette County Public Schools administrators to present the school with the 3D printer.

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About ACTE: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.  

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