VWHS Brings Home Runner-Up Award at MakerFest Competition

82 Van Wert High School students participated in the annual MakerFest Event held in Lima on Friday, October 19. MakerFest is a three-day event for the Greater Allen County Region to promote career opportunities and awareness. Thursday consisted of competitions in the area of Skilled Trades. Friday included breakout sessions in a multitude of career areas, competitions in STEM challenges, and a Main Exhibit with over 100 companies represented. The event wrapped up on Saturday with a Career Fair.


Over 30 high schools and 1,300 students were in attendance on Friday. Schools competed for the MakerCup Trophy with the top five places earning points for their respective schools. Van Wert High School hoped to defend their championship from last year but fell just one place this year, earning the Runner-Up award. Congratulations goes out to Van Wert High School for their 2nd Place finish. The competition results are listed below. Van Wert coaches include Kerry Koontz, Zane McElroy and Bob Spath.


Van Wert High School MakerFest Results – October 2018


Bike Physics Challenge
2nd place (Ali Gemmer, Jerica Huebner, Caylee Phillips)
6th place (Connor Pratt, Elizabeth Tomlinson, Ries Wise)


Build a Tower

1st Place (Jamie Burenga, Ali Hauter, Spencer Pauquette)


Business Simulation
8th place (Victoria Etzler, Stephanie Geething, TJ Reynolds)
9th place (Jordan Dundas, Nathan Ruger, Jacob Wasson)


Cupcake Catastrophe
2nd place (Max Laney, McKenzey Sanderson, Jaden Wagner)
8th place (Aeris Blakeley, Storm Matthews, Caton Williamson)

Coding Challenge
2nd place (Jaclyn Srofe, Alisha Tearhark, Cassie Welker)
6th place (Bobby Spath, Ethan White, Turner Witten)
7th place (Andrew Hamblett, Alison Hauter, Zach Lape)
9th place (Macy Purmort, Hannah Say, Hunter Sherer)


1st Robotics Faceoff
6th place (Nick Carter, Noah Carter, Zane Fast)
8th place (Zach Mason, Billy Ogden, Ian Rex)


Pallet Building
4th place (Nathan Bidlack, Garret Black, Brad Fuerst)


Network Assembly
2nd place (Alex Black, Andrew Hamblett, Ryan Pratt)
4th place (Eli Rollins, Troy Weaks, Calahan Wolfrum)


Math Madness
4th place (Ryan Chen, Katie Hauter, Emma Rutkowski)
7th place (Ryan Pratt, Nathan Ruger, Calahan Wolfrum)


1st Place (Madison Jarrett, Emma Rutkowski)
4th place (Jordan Dundas, Adrianna Grothause, Sydney Moore)


Retro Tinker Toy
1st Place (Michaella Johnson, Spencer Pauquette, Tyler White)
2nd place (Brodie Kerns, Sydney Moore, Colin Place)
3rd place (Nick Carter, Zane Fast, Hunter Sherer)
9th place (Ali Gemmer, Lizzie Rutkowski, Rachel Spath)


STEM Trivia
4th place (Drew Bagley, Elizabeth Tomlinson, Kathryn Wray)
9th place (Gage Chiles, Grace Dowler, Kayla Krites)


Paper Airplane
3rd place (Gage Chiles, Lyrissa Hammons, Turner Witten)
5th place (Kayla Krites, Ethan Mann, Katie Mc Vaigh)
9th place (Alex Black, Jena Covey, Zane Fast)