FLINT TWP. — Last week, the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education recognized Skyler Shippy, a graduating senior, as its Career Technical Education Student of the Year.
Skyler was cited for an exceptional ping-pong table he created in C-A’s Design and Build class along with Tyler Pangerl, also a graduating senior.
“I was fortunate to have him for three years at the high school, said Brian Klein, C-A Design and Build/Woodworking teacher, who was on hand to present Skyler and Tyler.
The students found the design online but all else was crated on the Computer Assisted Design program and done by hand, Klein said.
“We wanted to do something besides a birdhouse,” said Skyler of the intricately handcrafted table with an inlaid wood design. “This was one of the best items to come out of the workshop in the past few years,” he said.
He won’t get any argument from Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff who jokingly offered a home to the table if it wears out its welcome at the homes of Skyler and Tyler.
“We have joint custody,” said Tyler, who said the table will “ping pong” back and forth between their homes.
Klein also praised Skyler for his involvement as a model railroad hobbyist in the Detroit Model Railroad Club where he has seen him in action operating the electric driven trains.
Earlier this year, Skyler also was recognized for Drafting/ Design Technology at the GISD Career and Technical Education Student Awards Banquet – Best of the Best 2015,
Tyler has also racked up numerous honors and graduated first in his class with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.