The Construction Careers class at WST, under the direction of instructor Eric Erickson, built and installed a shelter for local VFW Post 239. The students had a great time building the shelter and delivering it to the Post. Thanks also to the Public Safety Occupations students for their assistance with the heavy delivery. 

Please take a minute to read the VFW Letter of Appreciation our students received.


On Saturday the 27th of October, West Sound Technical Skills Center Construction Careers students made the much anticipated journey to Union, Washington to face their rivals, Shelton High School, in the annual Union Pumpkin Fest Catapult Competition. The Olympic Catapult League High School Division included teams from Shelton High School and West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, plus an Open Division for adults who may be interested in competing. Both high school teams entered two catapults. 

Competition categories included distance, accuracy and catapult design which included points for construction, design, theme, and team spirit. 

West Sound Tech named their catapults “Mohawkin Chop” and the “Bat-A-Pult”. Shelton entered a bright pink catapult called “If Pigs Could Fly; Stomp Out Breast Cancer” and also the “Charlie Brown Express”. 

Shelton HS won distance with ‘If Pigs Could Fly/Stomp Out Breast Cancer” catapult with a 180-foot toss. Prizes included $250 cash from Hunter Farms and a $200 gift card to ProBuild. West Sound Technical Skills Center’s Mohawkin Chop took 2nd place with a toss of 172 feet 3 inches and received $150 cash from Hunter Farms.

In the design category, West Sound Technical Skills Center won both first and second places with the Bat-A-Pult and Mohawkin Chop respectively receiving $200 cash from Hunter Farms and a unit of lumber from Simpsons. 

The final competition, accuracy, was thrilling. Each team had 3 attempts to hit a “boat” sitting in the middle of a field. After 3 attempts both teams were tied. It was time for a tiebreaker! The weather was cool and wet but that didn’t dampen the student’s enthusiasm. West Sound students were cheering and slapping hands as their final tie breaker pumpkin slammed into the target “boat” clinching their victory over Shelton HS in the accuracy division. Their prize - $250 cash from Hunter Farms and a $200 gift card from McLendon’s Hardware. 

West Sound Technical Skills Center students incorporate classroom math, science, and construction and design skills into the creation of these catapults. Next year they plan to win it all!