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A night of demonstrations and tours provides valuable insight into the school's programs

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - NHS senior Brogan Sattler demonstrates a CAD program for a group of middle school students during the open house Friday at the high school.

Last year, then-CEO of Tiger Manufacturing Hadley Massey started an open house event to make students and community members more aware of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities at Newberg High School. Under the stewardship of the student-run machine shop's new CEO, NHS senior Macy Showalter, the event returned for a second year on Friday.

The halls of the high school were filled with displays and demonstrations of what the school's CTE clubs and organizations are up to, and the event provided high school students with a chance to get involved. For elementary and middle school students, their parents and other community members, it was a chance to learn more and potentially get excited about their future in the clubs.

"We thought it was a really neat event and the students and teachers loved it, so I decided to keep it going this year," Showalter said last week in advance of the event. "We're including a few more classes this year like business and art classes, along with the returners like welding, machining, performing arts, culinary club and others. This is great for incoming freshmen or elementary and middle school students who have interest in these fields."

Showalter said she has been taking engineering classes since her freshman year and she values her time with Tiger Manufacturing – a completely student-run company that serves as a shining example of the school's success with CTE programs.

"My interest started in fourth or fifth grade when Mabel Rush offered robotics after school as a club, and I've carried it through high school," she said. "I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but I've always had this idea of working for NASA and developing farm bots to grow food in space.

"I think this open house event is a cool opportunity to offer the same path I went on to the younger students in our district."

Staff members helped guide Showalter and her classmates in the lead-up to Friday's open house, but the event was entirely student-run and organized by Showalter and others from Tiger Manufacturing. Showalter said principals from schools in other districts would also be in attendance to see how their schools can implement CTE programs like the ones at NHS.

The most rewarding part of the entire experience, in Showalter's view, is showing off the various machines and projects to younger kids in attendance. She served as a tour guide last year and noted that she might want to pursue a career in teaching because of the inspiration she saw among the curious youngsters in attendance.

Showalter said she expected more of the same this year as kids converged on the high school to get a feel for their potential futures.

"Last year, I really enjoyed seeing the kids' eyes light up when they got to see some of the work that we and other clubs do," she said. "To know that they could do something like that when they get to high school, they were so enthused about it all. It made me happy."

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