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Northampton Area, Broughal Win Top Prizes in 2016 Lehigh Valley Video Contest

Northampton Area Middle School was the Viewers Choice Award winner for the second straight year and Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem, Pa., earned the award for overall excellence in the Dream It. Do It. PA Lehigh Valley Student Video Contest.

The Northampton Area and Broughal teams were among 30 middle school teams from Lehigh Northampton, Schuylkill, Carbon, and Bucks counties that took part in the third annual competition, which challenges students to explore the topic What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? The Lehigh Valley contest is produced by the Dream It. Do It. PA partnership, led by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, Pa., and has inspired several contests of its kind across the Keystone State.

The teams from 25 different school districts were provided video equipment and training and are matched with manufacturing companies and teacher coaches. The teams created short video profiles of their respective companies and the career opportunities they offer.

More than 117,000 votes were cast for the Viewers Choice Award at DreamItDoItPA.com during a three-day period the prior week. The Viewers Choice Award was one of nine awards presented during the contest’s closing celebration Tuesday in front of more than 800 people at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa. A panel of judges gave its award for the overall excellence and awards in seven additional categories.

Platinum Sponsors of the 2016 Lehigh Valley video contest were the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, the Manufacturers Resource Center, and Mack Trucks. Additional leadership for the 2016 Lehigh Valley video contest was provided by PBS39 Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, Pa. Additional Dream It. Do It. PA lead partners are the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board in Allentown, Pa.; the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, Pa.; the Lehigh Career and Technical School (LCTI) in Schnecksville, Pa.; Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School (BAVTS); the Career Institute of Technology (CIT) in Easton, Pa; and the Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) in Jim Thorpe, Pa.

The complete list of the 2016 Lehigh Valley contest’s awards and winners is as follows:

The Dream It. Do It. PA partnership created the contest in 2013 to help raise student awareness and appreciation of advanced manufacturing careers and to help improve the image of these careers. The contest’s format has been adopted by groups in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Chester County, Pa., and groups in five other American states.

Gold Sponsors of the 2016 Lehigh Valley Student Video Contest were Aerotek Staffing Agency; Air Products and Chemicals Inc.; ATAS International, Inc.; B. Braun Medical, Inc.; Bracalente Manufacturing Group; The Equinox Agency; King, Spry, Herman, Freund and Faul, LLC; PNC Bank; PPL Electric Utilities; Sahl Communications; and Talen Energy.

Silver Sponsors were Bitronics; Concannon, Miller & Co.; ESPI; Follett Corporation; Just Born Quality Confections; Lehigh Carbon Community College; Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation; Nestlé Waters North America; Northampton Community College; Piramal Critical Care Inc.; ProtoCAM; Provident Bank; Smooth-On, Inc.; and Stanley Vidmar.

Bronze Sponsors were Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley; C.F. Martin & Company; Cardinal Systems, Inc.; County of Northampton; Express Employment Professionals; Manufacturing Council; Highwood USA, LLC; HMK Insurance; Ondra-Huyett; TPEI; Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School; Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development; Carbon Career & Technical Institute; Career Institute of Technology; Lehigh Career & Technical Institute; Da Vinci Science Center; GoPro; and Innovation Studios. Media Sponsors were Lehigh Valley Business; WFMZ-TV; 99.9 The Hawk; WDIY Lehigh Valley Public Radio; Adams Outdoor Advertising, and PBS Lehigh Valley.

About Dream It. Do It. PA
Dream It. Do It. PA is a partnership directed by the Manufacturers Resource Center in Allentown, Pa., and is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes in the Keystone State about advanced manufacturing careers. Dream It. Do It. PA started in 2013 as an effort called Lehigh Valley Skill Up to raise awareness in the Lehigh Valley area. The popularity of the partnership’s flagship student video contests and its rights to the national Dream It. Do It. brand for Pennsylvania have enabled it to expand its reach throughout the commonwealth. The Dream It. Do It. PA website offers useful information and resources for students, parents, educators, and manufacturers.

State and Lehigh Valley Region Manager

Karen Buck
Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), Allentown, Pa.