High school students weld ‘Cinderella’ carriage for Hamilton display

High school students from Butler Tech's welding program recently completed a full-size, fairy tale carriage for a downtown Hamilton events center. The public art, which is on display in front of the Benison Events and Coworking facility, is the latest public project for the award-winning career learning program. Contributed
High school students from Butler Tech's welding program recently completed a full-size, fairy tale carriage for a downtown Hamilton events center. The public art, which is on display in front of the Benison Events and Coworking facility, is the latest public project for the award-winning career learning program. Contributed

Ornate project now featured outdoors in Hamilton.

Area high school students recently welded a full-size carriage into reality and now it’s part of Hamilton’s growing legacy of outdoor art.

Teens in Butler Tech’s Welding Technology program took on the challenge of building an ornate, Cinderella-like metal carriage for public display.

Two giant boxes containing hundreds of metal pieces arrived at the welding classroom along with a request from officials at the Benison Events and Coworking facility in downtown Hamilton.

They were asking for help in assembling a full-size, fairy tale-style carriage.

“The boxes arrived at Butler Tech Fairfield Township campus, and it was like Christmas morning,” said Shane McKinney, welding technology instructor for the career school.

“The seniors tore open the boxes and laid all the parts out. Learning to read blueprints and assembly drawings are both an integral part of the welding technology curriculum, so the assembly went very smooth,” said McKinney.

“The kids were very excited to have played a role in the carriage project coming to life. In regard to what the students learned, first they were able to apply what they had learned in class to a real-world project, and second it’s important to give back and help our community whenever possible.”

The career school is one of the largest in Ohio and serves all of Butler County’s public school districts as well as Northwest Schools in northern Hamilton County.

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McKinney said the students who did most if not all of the work were Quinn Meier, a senior at Northwest’s Colerain High School, and Isaiah Kakaris, a Madison High School senior.

The project also combined with a Hamilton High School carpentry class building wooden flower boxes for display outside the event center at 100 S. Third St..

Emphasizing the public aspect of the project provides both a stage for the students’ work and an important lesson, he said.

“In regard to what the students learned, first they were able to apply what they had learned in class to a real-world project, and second it’s important to give back and help our community whenever possible,” said McKinney.

“I always remind the students that if it wasn’t for (school) tax dollars we would not have a welding program, so taking on this project was one way for the kids to use their education and skills to support the folks that support our Welding Technology Program. I think it’s important for the students to understand that performing community service is a win win.”