Cumberland Perry AVTS’s goal for its students is that the skills they learn in their programs will serve them both on and off the job. Cumberland Valley student Nick Wagner is a fantastic example of this very sentiment with his recent contribution to the recent FFA State and National Competitions. Nick has worked on a dairy farm since he was young and now incorporates the skills he’s learned in the Welding program into his work; his employer’s wife introduced him to the organization and he’s been participating through Cumberland Valley High School ever since.

“I joined the competition because I figured it would help me learn and help my school,” said Nick. “The FFA did a science fair and I incorporated welding into mine.”

Nick entered the FFA Agriscience Fair with his stick welding project, which tested different amperages on different types of metal rods to assess which would be the ideal rod to use in the widest variety of situations. Just a couple weeks ago, he went to the national competition after his project was selected as a finalist at the state level.

Said Nick, “They chose 15 projects to compete nationally and mine was one of them. I don’t know the results yet, but I know I’m at least in the top 15!”

Nick is a fantastic example of a student working hard and taking the skills they’ve learned to the next level by finding new ways to solve real-world problems. CPAVTS is proud to have Nick as one of our students, and we can’t wait to see where the future will take him!