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G2S Academy students leave their mark on the school

June 6, 2018 GMT

Students install bike rack sculpture for front of school

SCOTTVILLE — Students at Gateway to Success Academy put a personal spin on the entrance to the school building Monday with the installation of a bicycle rack they built themselves.

The rack — a collaborative effort between students who participate in the welding class taught by Erica Karmeisool — is fashioned to spell out the school’s signature acronym, “G2S.”

Karmeisool, the school’s makerspace coordinator, said the students enjoyed building the bike rack, and began the process of designing it right after Christmas break.

Students first had to present the project to the facilities manager on the school board to get approval for the project, according to Karmeisool. Once the project was approved the class decided to add the “G2S” element, which was designed by junior Corey Higbee.

Higbee said that about 30 students helped with the project. He took more of a leadership role because he has past welding experience, and offered tips he learned for his former teachers to other students working on the project.

Karmeisool said Metalworks employee Jim Engstrum was instrumental in teaching Gateway to Success students welding techniques and procedure.

“He taught us the methods of production line work and consistency,” Karmeisool said. “I thought it was neat for students to have that experience and then to do their own (work) to see how that was different.”

Karmeisool said Metalworks helped throughout with getting the supplier for the metal stock and also building the jig and sending Engstrum to G2S for about three weeks.

“I have never done anything like this before,” said sophomore Isaac Johnson. “After this class I think I have a pretty good understanding of how to weld ...

See full story in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News print of e-Edition