Nevada Student Wins ACTE National Student Trophy Design Contest

October 9, 2023

Contact: Dana Lampe


Nevada Student Wins ACTE National Student Trophy Design Contest

Student of Advanced Technologies Academy Wins National Award


Alexandria, VA – Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced  Advanced Technologies Academy student Madison Adams as the national student trophy design winner in its eighth annual student trophy design contest. She is taught by Francisco Sermeno, an instructor at Advance Technologies Academy. The contest is sponsored by ACTE and 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 for the ACTE Excellence Awards. The winning trophy design will be 3D-printed by Stratasys and presented to the 11national award winners at the 2023 ACTE Awards Gala in conjunction with ACTE’s CareerTech VISION. This year’s gala will be held November 29 at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Madison’s submission was selected by ACTE’s Board of Directors out of entries from students across the country. In addition to having the design used to create this year’s trophies, Madison will receive a $1,000 scholarship and Advanced Technologies Academy will receive a free one-year lease of a 3D printer, courtesy of Stratasys, Ltd.

Madison is a sophomore at Advanced Technologies Academy, also known as A-Tech. She is in their engineering program and has a passion for math and science. Madison loves coding and chemistry, and has really enjoyed being able to use the computer aided design software (CAD). Madison has known that she wants to be an engineer for quite some time. During her freshman year, while using the CAD software she narrowed her desired field to mechanical engineering. She hopes to study at one of the top engineering schools. When Madison is not in school or studying, you can find her on the tennis courts practicing for her next tournament.

“The Student Trophy Design Contest has successfully helped promote CTE classrooms across the country for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, and more,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Curry. “Madison’s outstanding achievements, and her passion for 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 Madison and her accomplishments, and we are honored to have her as a public ambassador for all that today’s CTE has to offer.”

Jesse Roitenberg, Stratasys National Education Manager shared his thoughts on the contest over the years, “Stratasys maintains an ongoing partnership with ACTE to organize and administer this contest for both students and instructors. This contest holds significant value, as the winning design is granted the privilege of being showcased in locations such as the top teachers’ offices, trophy cases or even the winner’s own home refrigerator. In addition to the pride associated with victory and the enduring legacy of one’s design, it is crucial to recognize the paramount importance of advancing knowledge in Additive Manufacturing and Computer Aided Drafting. These technologies are increasingly indispensable to companies in their design and manufacturing processes. By participating in this contest, students are equipped with invaluable skills that will greatly benefit their future employment prospects.”


The winning trophy design

Madison Adams, trophy design winner













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.