Announcing the #KYisMFG Video Contest Winners!

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Students from Taylor County Schools Cardinal Academy (Middle School) and Wayne County High School produced the winning videos for the #KYisMFG Student Video Contest. The contest consisted of creating a 30 second – 3 minute video about why manufacturing in Kentucky is so awesome. Judges critiqued the submissions based on the following guidelines:

  • Effective delivery of manufacturing message (25%)
  • Quality of video production (15%)
  • Originality & creativity (20%)
  • Appeal to student, educator, & industry audiences (15%)
  • Focus on Kentucky (25%)


The production from Taylor County Schools Cardinal Academy (Middle School) was submitted by Riley Cox, Trace Higdon, and their teacher, Mandy Cox. Students took an innovative approach to the submission, incorporating animation techniques that they have been learning in their classes. The judges unanimously selected this video as the winner for the middle school category, commenting that the "message was clearly presented," "quality was extremely good," and it was the "best of all the videos reviewed for originality and creativity." 

Watch Riley and Trace's video here.

From Wayne County High School, students Bailey Wright and Tanner Thompson worked with their teacher, Tim Withers, for their submission. They saw the opportunity to deliver their video as a news segment that focused specifically on the importance of the manufacturing industry in their region of Kentucky. The students clearly connected professional and technical skills they are learning at school with what is needed to be successful in the workforce. The judges liked the originality of the news format and thought the video delivered an effective message about manufacturing in Kentucky.

Watch Bailey and Tanner's video here.

The students and their teachers were awarded $500 (courtesy of Richard S. Cleary, Frost Brown Todd LLC) and an Apple Watch Series 3 (courtesy of Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives) at the KAM Workforce Readiness & Resource Conference on Thursday, October 26 in Louisville.

Thank you to all who submitted videos, and congratulations to the winners!