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Students on board with innovation
Posted on 05/31/2019
A group of Utica Community Schools are showing how they are on board with adding creativity and innovation to one of the area’s fastest growing industries.

Students from Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Eisenhower high schools earned top awards in a recent "Gone Boarding X Vans Off the Wall Summer Bash 19.” 

“Gone Boarding” allows students to design, build and test surfboards, snowboard, stand up paddle board and skateboards. 

Eisenhower and Henry Ford II are among a handful of high schools that offer the Career and Technical Education curriculum.  Teachers are Ryan deCardenas of Eisenhower High School and Christopher Davis of Henry Ford II. 

”I could not be more proud of how my students performed in our first year of this competition," Davis said. 

A total of eight schools competed in four different categories at the third annual Vans competition, held May 23 at the Cannonsburg Ski Resort.

UCS students swept the creative innovation category with seniors Brett Jeffers from Henry Ford II winning first and a $500 prize; Nathan Clulo from Stevenson High School taking second place and earning $300, and Murrey Meri and Hunter Scifler of Eisenhower placing third and receiving $200. 

In the longboard/skateboard category, Henry Ford II freshman Joey Martin too placed first and Schifler placing second, beating out over 125 boards. 

Eisenhower Sophomore  Nathan Asmaro entered the #GBVanschallange with a shoe flip video that was recognized as the video with the most likes category on the competition’s Facebook page.