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Students compete in film contest

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - It was a first attempt at film-making for a group of 8th graders at Schuylkill Haven High School in Schuylkill County who are participating in the annual "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" competition, which teaches kids about jobs in manufacturing.

Students learn about video production and other jobs that could await them after graduation.

"We had to come up with ideas, and then we had to spend a lot of time filming and editing," said student Amanda Guers.

"It educated me more on what it was about, because I didn't really know what it was about," explained Kira Brish, another student who worked on the project.

The statewide competition was created by the Manufacturing Resources Center in Allentown and brings together students' short films to receive awards at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading.

"I think we're going to do good and win at least one of the awards," said Guers.

The group's focus this year was FabCon, a concrete wall creator in Mahanoy City.

"I'd say it's a great opportunity for the students to get out there and find out what manufacturing is all about. They may go into video production. They may go into manufacturing," said Matt Horoschak, the school's principal.

Regardless of what lies ahead career-wise, students like Jacob Gilbert said they most enjoyed working as a team.

"Just having fun with friends and having fun working with other people," he said.

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