Comet Drafting Students Excel at State


The Reed-Custer High School Drafting I class, part of the Industrial Technology Department, had great success recently at two Drafting contests.  Three students from any drafting class in the area schools can compete in the Regional Drafting contest hosted by the Illinois Drafting Educators Association (I.D.E.A.).  On March 4, the three students from Scott Ward’s Drafting I class who competed at Joliet Junior College were Jon Balgemann, Alex Kolwaluk, and Jimmy Winkler.  In the contest, the students were given a three dimensional drawing of a block, fully dimensioned, that they had to draw as an orthographic projection (three different views), in two dimensions.  They had 1.5 hours to complete the drawing.  In the category of Introductory Board Drafting, there were 18 students from surrounding schools competing at JJC.  The Reed-Custer boys rose to the occasion as they placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in their division. Jon was the regional champion, while Alex was the runner-up, and Jimmy was third.  Although all three did a fantastic job, only the top two drafters in the division were able to qualify for the State competition.

On Saturday, April 16, Jon and Alex traveled to Illinois State University in Normal to compete against the state’s best from their division.  This time, they had 2 hours to complete a different drawing.  Against 25 competitors from 15 regionals around the state, the boys once again held their own, to say the least.  Jon scored 80 points out of 100 to place third, while classmate Alex scored an incredible 94 points to take first place, and win the state championship medal!  With Alex’s win, Reed-Custer claims four of the last five State Champions, as Emily Morrison was the champ in 2012, Brandon Harding in 2014, and Vinny Vercelote in 2015.  This is the first year that Reed-Custer has had two students place in the top three in the same year.

[pictured left to right] Jon Balgemann, Mr. Scott Ward, Alex Kowaluk

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