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Penn College Students Finish Well at Regional Woodsmen’s Meet

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently competed in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, charting Top Four performances in nine of the day’s events.

Penn College was one of six participants in the April 8 competition, held this year at Penn State Mont Alto in Franklin County: Others, in addition to the host institution, were Allegany College of Maryland, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Penn College students Anthony A. Hampton (left), of Clearfield, and James C. Synol, of Bloomingdale, N.J., placed first in the Pole Fell during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet at Penn State Mont Alto.
Penn College students Anthony A. Hampton (left), of Clearfield, and James C. Synol, of Bloomingdale, N.J., placed first in the Pole Fell during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet at Penn State Mont Alto.

“It was a rewarding opportunity to take the team to Mont Alto and it was an excellent opportunity for students to compete, learn and intermix with students from various schools ranging from Pennsylvania to North Carolina,” said Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, who coaches and accompanied the team. “All students that participated with the club showed high levels of excitement and camaraderie.”

A sure-footed Tyler W. Lauver, of Mifflinburg, in the Pole Climb
A sure-footed Tyler W. Lauver, of Mifflinburg, in the Pole Climb

While the college’s Forestry Club is based at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center, students from other disciplines are welcome to participate.

Placing first in the Pole Fell event were Anthony A. Hampton, a forest technology major from Clearfield, and James C. Synol, a building automation technology student from Bloomingdale, New Jersey.

Second Place
Men’s Crosscut Saw – Synol and William A. Morrow, Newville, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration

Starting and sustaining a fire capable of boiling water results in fourth-place honors for Paul M. George (left) of State College, and Noah L. English, of Danville.
Starting and sustaining a fire capable of boiling water results in fourth-place honors for Paul M. George (left) of State College, and Noah L. English, of Danville.

Third Place
Single Buck – Synol

Men’s Axe Throw – Levi J. Weidner, Newville, construction management

Fourth Place

Nancy M. Summers, of Turbotville, kicks up the sawdust on her way to a fourth-place finish in Women's Chain Saw.
Nancy M. Summers, of Turbotville, kicks up the sawdust on her way to a fourth-place finish in Women’s Chain Saw.

Archery – Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg, electrical technology

Team Log Roll – Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte, heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar emphasis; Noah L. English, Danville, landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Hampton and Morrow

Water Boil – English and Paul M. George, State College, forest technology

Men’s Crosscut Saw – Hampton and Lauver

Representing half of the fourth-place entry in Team Log Roll are Kristin E. Cavanaugh, of Bellefonte, and William A. Morrow, of Newville.
Representing half of the fourth-place entry in Team Log Roll are Kristin E. Cavanaugh, of Bellefonte, and William A. Morrow, of Newville.

Women’s Chain Saw – Nancy M. Summers, Turbotville, forest technology

For information about the forest technology major in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, call 570-327-4516.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Photos by Erich R. Doebler

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