OHS metals students return from state

The projects taken to state last week are displayed outside Ottumwa High School.

The Ottumwa High School metals students returned from another successful year at state.

The OHS group competed against students from all across Iowa. This year, their high mileage car took second place, a great result for the long hours put in getting it together.

"I don't think anybody could actually believe how much time has been put into some of these projects," said Randy Woodruff, Industrial Technology instructor at OHS. "I've had students in my rooms after hours, between classes, during classes - which they shouldn't have even been out there -- trying to get these things done, so they deserved everything they got."

Senior Jim Milani not only received a $500 scholarship to Indian Hills next year, his two bale ring projects both earned blue ribbons. The process of putting the projects together was a hands-on and practical experience.

"I'm going to use these on my own operation, so it's nice to save some money and I plan on making more," Milani said.

Sophomore Justus Skinner said he was surprised his fire pit project took third place.

"I figured there would be a bunch of motorized stuff at state that would win, but third place is pretty good," Skinner said.

In addition to the aforementioned winners, Kyle Courtney took a gold and a silver for his two projects and Milani also earned two golds for a spare tire mount and a hay feeder saver. Skinner also received a blue ribbon for a motorized red wagon. Chris Pilcher earned silver for a patriot trike project.

Two group projects also took home awards. Chance Courtney, Mike Akers and Kolten Bates earned a second place trophy. Austin Wheaton, Dwayne Vice, Jim Milani, Sam Gulbranson, Ryan Fritz, Ed Bell and Gunther Hartman took 18th place. The woods class earned a first place trophy.