Quincy High School QAVTC Sweeps MakerFest S.T.E.A.M. Competition

Adams County, IL – On Tuesday, October 22 at 8:15 AM an awards ceremony was held at Quincy High School’s Quincy Area Vocational and Technical Center (QHS / QAVTC). Earlier that month, two teams from QHS competed in the Tri-State MakerFest S.T.E.A.M. Competition, with each team taking home a prize, one for People’s Choice and one for structural integrity.


During MakerFest six total teams competed. Two from Central High School in Camp Point, IL with engineer Ryan Phelps of Klingner & Associates as their coach; two from Quincy High School with Roger Leenerts of Leenerts Group as their coach; and two from Kahoka High School in Clark County, MO with their teacher Ben Taylor as their coach.


“It is wonderful to see the S.T.E.A.M. Competition grow this year,” states Angela Caldwell, organizer and Director of Workforce Development at Great River Economic Development Foundation. “The competition is a great way for students to connect with our businesses and get hands on experience with different aspects of architecture and engineering, while building their teamwork skills.”


MakerFest is presented by HOMEBANK, sponsored in part by Ameren Illinois, and in partnership with GREDF, John Wood Community College, Workforce Innovation Board of Western IL, and West Central Region Education for Employment System #240 / Quincy Area Vocational & Technical Center.


For more information, contact Joi Cuartero Austin at GREDF (217) 223-4313.


Great River Economic Development Foundation is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization with a mission to maintain and GROW the economic vitality of the Quincy and Adams County, IL region through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and the attraction of new businesses to our entire region.