Vo-tech wins plow contest again

November 20, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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The third time was a charm for students at the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School participating in the Paint a Plow program. The school received the Judge's Pick award in the state Department of Transportation District 10 competition

The third time was a charm for Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School students who participated in the PennDOT Paint a Plow competition.

The school received the Judge's Pick award in the state Department of Transportation District 10 competition, which saw students from various schools in Butler, Armstrong, Clarion, Jefferson and Indiana counties adorn District 10 snowplow blades to the theme “Don't Rush in Ice and Slush.”

Vo-tech students also topped the judge's pick in 2018 and 2017.

The 10 PennDOT employees who voted on the plows also awarded St. Luke's Lutheran School in Jefferson Township an honorable mention for its plow paint job.

The 10 PennDOT employees who voted on the plows also awarded St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Jefferson Township an honorable mention for its plow paint job.

The new Fan Favorite award, determined by online voting, went to United High School in Indiana County.

Leechburg Area High School in Armstrong County took home honorable mention in the same category.

During the snowy season, PennDOT trucks will use the plows to clear snow and ice from state roads in the district.

The St. Luke students who painted the plow are Micah Bish, Alicyn Rhodes, Mia McGrady and Katie McCoy.

The names of the students who worked on the vo-tech plow were not available Tuesday.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.