Dupont Wins State Fair Woodwork Title; Bobrovitch, Katzman Place 3rd


Senior Jonathan Bobrovitch works on a project in Woodtech

Luther Kuefner, Staff Writer

13 Wood Technology students and teacher Don Dupont won awards in the 2012 California State Fair Industrial & Technology Education Competition. Woodtech students Jonathan Bobrovitch and Ethan Katzman placed 3rd in Contra Costa County. The Competition is held in July and draws students across the state. Other medalists include Scott Crowder, Victoria Sanders and Alyssa Parsons.

Bobrovitch made a Logscape, an image carved into a piece of wood. The challenging project took him 4 days to complete. “The wood was smaller than the suggested size, so I was forced to make small cuts,” Bobrovitch said.

Katzman crafted a Biscuit Joint Box, a type of jewelery box. Katzman spent 3 weeks on the Box. “It was a really good experience creating something and being rewarded for it,” Katzman said.

Dupont entered the competition for instructors, placing 1st in the state. Dupont entered at the request of a peer. He said, “A fellow Woodtech teacher from Sacramento threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to enter.” Dupont made a Federal Style Headboard, and was pleased with the results of the competition.

Woodtech students are set to compete in the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Fair in 2013. It is a national competition held every 2 years in July, and draws submissions from high school and college programs. Bobrovitch said, “I’m looking forward to entering more competitions!”