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      OHS students find success at State Tech Expo

      OHS's metals students brought back two state-winning projects.

      Industrial Technology students from Ottumwa High School had great success at the Industrial Tech Expo in Des Moines last week.

      The metals group brought back two state-winning projects -- a hay feeder designed by Josh McCoy and a group project called the prowler -- as well as took fourth and fifth place for two high-mileage cars the group designed and built throughout the year.

      McCoy got the idea for his project after seeing a similar trough at the Bridge View Center's Cow-Calf Conference and wanted to see if he could build it himself. Not only did he, and won state with the project, but the experience also helped him figure out what he wants to do after high school.

      "I learned what I want to be when I grow up and how hard I actually can work," McCoy said. "And if I set my mind to something, I can actually do it."

      Even though being state champions is great, it's the experience of hands-on work and seeing all those long hours pay off that's most important.

      "I'm extremely proud," said Randy Woodruff, Industrial Technology teacher at Ottumwa High School. "Nobody can believe how many hours we actually put it, we were here literally until 11:30 at night working, trying to get things done. And we had a lot of support from various staff around the building that helped us out, knew we were working hard and gave the boys a break so they could finish up."

      Woodruff said the metals class is great hands-on experience for his students, most of whom go on to work in industry after school.