High school students showcase design and building skills at Widget Cup


It was an opportunity for students to showcase their building skills, something event coordinators said they hardly have a chance to do.

That’s why the second annual Widget Cup was held on Saturday in Winchester.

“We felt like these students may not have an outlet to showcase their talents – what they’re learning in school,” said Josh Phelps, event coordinator and head judge. “All these guys are enrolled in career technical education programs, and they get to do this stuff in their shops everyday at school. But we don’t have a way to showcase it to the community, to the business community, to their parents and friends.”

“They’re actually building a three-sided bookshelf, and while they all have specific parameters that they have to meet, we will end up with four different projects at the end of the day, and these will be donated to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum,” said event coordinator Sally Michaels.

The “Warriors Widget Cup” from Sherando High School won the Widget Cup last year, and they said they were in it to win it again this year.

“We do already have a place for the trophy from last year, so it looks sad if it was empty,” said junior Stephen Morris. “I think it’s just great to show people, and give the school encouragement again next year.”

The team from John Handley High School took home the winning trophy this year.

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