On Thursday, April 26, students from North and South Tech Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis (HBA) student chapter competed in “Competition in a Box,” a one-day event designed to introduce students to the home building industry. The event was held at Payne Family Homes and included opportunities to network with representatives from industry, a catered lunch, and generous gift bags for each participant.
The competition is designed in a “trivia” format and involves complex questions about blueprints and construction methods. The HBA’s goal for the student chapter is to connect members with students to provide job shadowing, internships, and opportunities after graduation. The hope is that this will create a pipeline of talent for the industry while providing high-paying jobs for graduates.
North Tech brought 3 teams of competitors: Team 1: Jessica Myers, Maurice Hall, and Keyshawn Outlaw; Team 2: Cedric Perry, Donovan Shivers, and Desmond Lee; Team 3: Pereze Dodd, Vandeja Keller, and Kobe Dozier. South Tech brought 2 teams: Team 1: Jordan Ware, Chris Rousan, and Joe Peck; Team 2: Joe Lynch, Brycen Williams, and Logan Sheehan. Four Rivers Career Center also brought a team. Students who were interested in Construction Management were invited to compete, but all have a variety of pathways they plan to pursue after graduation. Some are already enrolled in college courses in Construction Management, some are planning to begin college this fall, and others are interested in joining the Carpenter’s Union or going straight to work. All are leaving high school with the skills and industry recognized credentials sought by the prospective employers who co-hosted the competition.
Atlas 46, DeWalt Tools, Home Depot and St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council sponsored prizes for the winners. Other sponsors included ABF Security (breakfast), Spire (lunch) and Associated Bank (beverages). Members of the HBA’s Professional Women in Building Council donated gift cards and items for participating students.
The competition’s first place winner was Four Rivers and South Tech’s two teams each placed second and third. Both North and South Tech students volunteered to participate in this challenging competition and impressed sponsors and industry representatives.