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The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” student video contest between local area middle schools announced the winners during an Awards Ceremony on March 6 at the Strand Theatre in York. The online voting held February 6-8, determined the Viewer’s Choice Award.  Over 80,000 votes were cast in the three day period.   

Outstanding Marketing– Solanco School District showcasing Buck Company

Outstanding Career Path– South Western School District showcasing AquaPhoenix Scientific

Outstanding Editing– Big Spring School District showcasing The Ames Companies

Outstanding Creativity– Ephrata Area School District showcasing Astro Machine Works

Outstanding Cool– Hanover Public School District showcasing Elsner Engineering Works

Outstanding Team Spirit– West Shore School District showcasing MKT Metal Manufacturing

Educational Value– Manheim Township School District showcasing The H & H Group

Outstanding Videography– York  Suburban School District showcasing Allegheny York Company

Outstanding Overall Program–  Conewago Valley School District showcasing Conewago Manufacturing

Viewer’s Choice– Hanover Public School District showcasing Elsner Engineering Works

View the Photos from the Awards Ceremony

The judges were David Thompson, Student at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Jesse McCree, Chief Executive Officer at SCPa Works, Dan Liberatore, President & CEO of Purpose 1 

The student video contest is a competition between local area middle schools. The teams spent time at local manufacturers to create 2.5 minute videos about what was “cool” at the manufacturer.  The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness among students and parents about today’s advanced manufacturing environment, and the rewarding and engaging career paths and high pay scale available in the manufacturing sector.   

To see the videos, visit 

“What’s so Cool About Manufacturing” is coordinated by MANTEC.  The project was funded in part by a grant from the Powder Mill Foundation. Additional funding was provided by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and 9 additional manufacturing supporters.  Professional feedback for students was provided byHayman Studio.  

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