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Joliet West High School students place 3rd in technology competition

Joliet West High School students Mason Schlegel (left) and Jake Thorstad placed third in the invention/innovation event at the Technology Day competition at Illinois State University on Oct. 9, 2019.
Joliet West High School students Mason Schlegel (left) and Jake Thorstad placed third in the invention/innovation event at the Technology Day competition at Illinois State University on Oct. 9, 2019.

Joliet West High School students Mason Schlegel and Jake Thorstad earned some hardware at a technology competition earlier this month.

They placed third in the invention/innovation event at the Technology Day competition Oct. 9 at Illinois State University, according to a news release.

Schlegel and Thorstad were just two of more than 400 students from across the state to compete at Technology Day, an event sponsored by the Illinois-Technology Student Association.

The Joliet West students competing were from instructor John Barber’s auto tech, computer repair and electronics and robotics classes.

“The students had a great time competing in the four events,” Barber said. “They had amazing ideas and learned a lot.”

At Technology Day, students throughout Illinois participate in hands-on, engineering-based activities and challenges. The four areas of competition were invention/innovation, structural technology, transportation technology and engineering design.

Joliet West High School was represented at the event by 32 students from 16 competition teams.

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