Brody Johnston, Shawnee Mission West 2020 graduate, competed in the virtual KC MADE Manufacturing and Design Expo woodworking show. The contest was held among high school students in construction and manufacturing programs.
Johnston was awarded first-place overall winner, with his design and construction of a dining table, with leaves, four chairs, and a bench. In addition, he was awarded first place in Division 1, Wood-only, and awarded the Showmanship Award. Competitors created a video presentation of their project, highlighting features and procedures, along with submission of written documentation.
This is Johnston’s third year entering the competition and his second year winning overall first place. He receives a Dewalt prize pack and Shawnee Mission West will receive $1000 grant.
Johnston shares that his passion for woodworking came from playing with LEGOs. He shared some advice for future student competitors. “Definitely be prepared for the judging, have your documentation, make sure your project is in top notch quality, and make sure you are prepared to have a good time.” Johnston noted. “It’s really worth it and a great experience.”
Designs were reviewed by a panel of judges, determining the award winners based on project quality, skill knowledge, and professionalism. The Showmanship Winner was based upon the student’s video entries, display of professionalism with their attire, communication skills and leadership.
The KC MADE competition is hosted by The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA) to promote careers in the residential construction industry. The competition focuses on promoting skilled trade development and opportunities in the home-building industry, along with emphasizing the importance of soft skills and connecting education to industry stakeholders.