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July 2009 Vol. 64 No. 7
AEM Construction Challenge winners

The national “Construction Challenge” competition sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has announced the winners of the challenge. More than 40 finalist teams participated in three separate challenges during the competition, which took place May 20-23, 2009 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the Global Finals competition of Destination ImagiNation (DI). DI is a challenge partner.

The student teams had qualified for the finals at one of 15 regional rallies held earlier in the year across the United States and Toronto, Canada. Since then, they had been designing, building and preparing for the national competition.

The students competed in these three challenges: Infrastructure PR Campaign; Manufacturing Design: Free Flow and Service Tech: Piling it On!

AEM along with DI developed the Construction Challenge to engage students through a hands-on, educational experience that introduces them to construction careers such as engineers, equipment technicians and manufacturing professionals.

The AEM Construction Challenge program offers an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community leaders to learn more about rewarding industry career paths, and the important role of construction equipment in creating and maintaining the high quality of life enjoyed in North America and Europe as well as by increasing numbers in the developing world.

Construction Challenge 2009 Results
High School Overall Winners
1st Place Overall: Dallas, TX, area high school students, sponsored by Kobelco Cranes North America Inc. The students attend the following schools: Martin High School (Arlington), Richardson High School (Richardson), Pearce High School (Richardson) and Parkhill Jr. High School (Richardson).
2nd Place Overall: Perry High School, Perry, OK, sponsored by Ditch Witch.
3rd Place Overall: Berks Career and Technical Center, Oley, PA, sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment.

Middle School Overall Winners
1st Place Overall: St. Therese Catholic School (Team 2), Kansas City, MO.
2nd Place Overall: Tecumseh Middle School, New Carlisle, OH, sponsored by Astec Industries.
3rd Place Overall: Frontier Junior High School, Graham, WA, sponsored by Atlas Copco Construction Tools LLC.

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