Whitko Career Academy welding students have refurbished the town of Pierceton's old Christmas decorations just in time for a Christmas parade and lighting of new decorations Dec. 4. Pictured (L to R) are Pierceton Town Council Vice President Matt Brubaker, WCA students Logan Hoffman and Zachary Schultz and Christmas Committee representative Stephanie Campbell. Photo provided.
Whitko Career Academy welding students have refurbished the town of Pierceton's old Christmas decorations just in time for a Christmas parade and lighting of new decorations Dec. 4. Pictured (L to R) are Pierceton Town Council Vice President Matt Brubaker, WCA students Logan Hoffman and Zachary Schultz and Christmas Committee representative Stephanie Campbell. Photo provided.
LARWILL – Pierceton Town Council Vice President Matt Brubaker and Christmas Committee Representative Stephanie Campbell visited the Whitko Career Academy to discuss the new modifications of Christmas decorations developed by welding students Logan Hoffman and Zachary Schultz on Nov. 17.

Since 2010, various Christmas poinsettias and Christmas tree light-up decor were hung up on light poles until they were denied access to many places to hang the decorations, according to a news release from Whitko Career Academy freshman business class students. Matt and Stephanie asked for assistance from the Whitko Career Academy to refurbish the Christmas ornamentation. That’s when welding teacher Jay Ocken appointed students Hoffman and Schultz to the labor-intensive project.

The objective of the project was to “stick it in the ground,” as declared by Ocken. In order to fulfill this request, Hoffman and Schultz needed to implement a solution of their own.

That new solution is an apparatus consisting of a circular base and a stabilizing spike welded to the bottom of all 12 configurations, the release states. This process utilized plasma cutters, the grinder and welding, all skills that they have learned at the Whitko Career Academy. The result is a lightweight decoration that can be stuck in the ground.

The students presented their solutions to Brubaker and Campbell during their visit to the Whitko Career Academy. In a cross-program interaction, several of the business students attended the presentation to take photos and prepare a press release about the event. The goal is to have the different programs collaborate on projects.

The new decorations can be seen during the lighting ceremony that will take place on Dec. 4 at Brower Park following the Christmas Parade that begins at 5 p.m.