Woods students present projects at annual show Friday


Friday night offers Chris McAlexander the chance to show off his skills and hard work to his family, friends and community.

"You want to build something and say, 'Wow, I took a piece of wood and made it into that,'" he said.


McAlexander completed a dining room table with eight chairs for his senior woods project at Moffat County High School. He and about 100 other students will present their work during the annual woods project show Friday night at the school.

"I think the (woods project) show ups our expectations and raises the bar for us," McAlexander said.

Senior Blake Kawcak agreed, saying he worked hard on his wood and welding project of a sofa table and coffee table. He said he made it for his parents' house, for his own good and to show off a bit at the show.

He also noted with so many people looking at your work, you don't want it to look bad.

Woods teacher Craig Conrad said 300 to 400 people typically attend the show, which includes an awards ceremony and free food for the public.

"We like for the people to come out and see what the kids have done," Conrad said. "There's a tremendous amount of time that takes place -- for some kids -- outside of the classroom."

A panel of judges -- made up of previous woods winners and two community members -- judge the students' projects until 6 p.m. Then, the public is welcomed in to view the projects and see which were chosen as the 10 Best of Show recipients.

Of those 10, the top six places are presented at an awards ceremony in the auditorium after viewing. There's also a People's Choice award. The night wraps up with pizza for attendees.

Conrad offers students the chance to showcase their work every year. But each year, students give him something new to be proud of, he said.

"I think what's unique about this year is we have more projects that are designed by the kids themselves," Conrad said. "That takes some ability to not only make their projects, but design them, too."

For more information, call Conrad at the high school at 824-7036.

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