Horticulture Students Place High in Penn Tech Horticulture Field Day

2014-04-11Ariel Forbes floral design

On April 4, students in the CPAVTS Horticulture program took part in Penn Tech's Horticulture Field Day along with Franklin County Career and Technical Center, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, and Williamsport schools. 

The students participated in a number of competitions, and Cumberland Perry AVTS is proud to recognize them for placing high in these events! The results are listed below:

Kalvin Groce (Junior, Greenwood), second place in Landscape Plant ID

Bryce Thompson (Sophomore, East Pennsboro), third place in Landscape Plant ID

Kalvin Groce and Hayden Miller (First Year, Northern York), third place in the Hardscape Installation team event

Bryce Thompson and Kalvin Groce, first and second place in Landscape Equipment Safety & Operation

Paige Eyer (Junior, West Perry), first place in Floral Design


Ariel Forbes (Senior, Northern York), third place in Floral Design

Paige Eyer, first place in the Corsage Contest

Paige Eyer and Ariel Forbes, first and second place in Floral ID


Congratulations to the Horticulture students on their success at Penn Tech!




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Catching Up With ... Marv Diller


Marv Diller, Class of 1982, Welding, Northern York


Marv is an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Lobar Associates, Inc., with whom he has been employed for 30 years. Marv was hired by Lobar Associates as a certified welder after graduating from CPAVTS. He says, “The blue print reading skills learned at CPAVTS helped me advance quickly to running projects for the company. I advanced as a welder/carpenter to a foreman, superintendent, project manager, Vice President and in 2005 an Executive Vice President/COO. My early skills and work ethics taught by my parents and Mr. Yinger/Welding shop teacher molded me into who I am today. I am very grateful for each of them and CPAVTS for being there for me.” What Marv remembers most about his time at Cumberland Perry is Mr. Yinger’s drive and dedication to students. He states, “Mr. Yinger was a very dedicated teacher to his students. I very much appreciated his efforts.”

Rotary Students of the Month - April


Tiffany Ballew is a Cumberland Valley High School student enrolled in the Childcare and Guidance program. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, the CV STILES club, and SkillsUSA. Tiffany plans to further her education at either the Harrisburg Area Community College or Shippensburg University.

Shawn Guyer is a Mechanicsburg High School student enrolled in the Nursing program at Cumberland Perry. He participates in SkillsUSA, where he placed 2nd and 3rd in state competitions as well as HOSA. He volunteers at New Hope Ministries and is employed as the night manager of Dairy Queen. Shawn plans to become an RN and is still deciding on a post-secondary school.

Computer Information Students Hold Virtual Paintball Tournament to Aid Children in Need (Charitable Curriculum)

2014-04-08 CIS Childs Play Charity

Child's Play is a charity that cooperates with local hospitals to generate wish lists for children and then raise money to buy as many items as possible on the lists. It seems straightforward--but the method used to obtain these funds is anything but ordinary.

Supporters of the charity develop fundraising events centered around gaming of all kinds, from board to video. Participants hold internet telethons during which they hold video game tournaments or game marathons while others organize a themed game night or dinner events. The possibilities are nearly endless, and for the students in CPAVTS' Computer Information Systems program, their idea was to hold a virtual paintball tournament.

The game is a first person shooter style game utilizing maps full of obstacles one might find in a real paintball arena, and those donating could pay one dollar to choose the upgrades being used, which map would be played, and could buy-in to play themselves. In the end, the students raised $81 which they will use to purchase toys and games for children at the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.

Although this fundraiser didn't meet the goal instructor Chris Champion set forth, students, such as Taylor Heilman, are hopeful that they will get another opportunity in the future. "This was fun!" she said. "So I definitely hope we can do it again sometime!"

Despite their goal not being met, Mr. Champion's students demonstrated that the methods one might typically associate with fundraising do not need to be the only way to raise money--and that even video games can be put to work for a worthy cause!

A Moment's Rest: Brandon Spalding and Taylor Heilman (pictured above) take some time to demonstrate the virtual paintball program used to benefit Child's Play



Did You Know? (A Glimpse Inside the Welding Program)

2013-10-21 Welding-Cleaning Weld PieceThroughout a typical school year, the students in Keith Hammond's Welding program gain knowledge about a variety of techniques, tools, and resources available to them in their field. But maybe you didn't know that part of their lessons involves utilizing this technique:

It's called Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW or TIG welding for short), and since it's development in 1953 (a little over 150 years after Humphrey Davy first discovered the electric arc in 1800) it has been used in the production of jet engines, space vehicles, and even everyday objects such as kitchen utensils.

The process is a slow one, but GTAW is preferred in many industries because of its ability to produce high quality items that are also high in cleanliness and hygeine. It's for this reason that hospitals, cafeterias, and hotels use equipment and systems created (at least partially) through TIG welding.

However, these industries are only a glimpse at the types of jobs someone skilled with this technique might be asked to do. Other instances of objects that benefit from GTAW include: gas and oil pipes used on oil rigs; thin tubes used to make bicycles; parts of amusement park roller coasters; and many other objects which require precise welding to glue them together. Additionally, this process is used to repair tools, build up parts of tools such as saw blades and drill bits, and even to seal used nuclear canisters to prepare them for burial.

So the next time you enter your kitchen to find a salad fork or spend a nice, summer day in Hershey Park, remember to thank the welders who made those utensils and roller coasters possible!