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Brennan Heavilin, a freshman at Tallmadge High School, is having a successful season competing in track and field.
Heavilin is set to participate at the Ohio High School Athletic Association track and field seated division championships June 2 and 3 in Columbus.
Contributing to Heavilin’s success has been a project completed by some of his fellow high school students.
Seniors David Kisha, Kent Hoang and Alex Williams and class helped design and build a wheelchair as part of their class project in teacher Keith Bee’s engineering graphics class. After they completed the project, they gave the chair to Brennan for use in the shot-put competition.
“David, Kent and Alex wanted to help Brennan compete in his track and field events,” Bee said. “The class came up with an original design for the chair and determined what plan would best meet Brennan’s needs. Their work was quite impressive and they should be proud of their creation.”
The chair costs $1,200 to buy new, but the class was able to build it for $200.
With the help of the new chair, Heavilin was able to throw the shot put three feet further than he was previously able to throw.
“This was a great way for the students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in class to benefit one of their classmates,” Tallmadge High School principal Mike Householder said. “The fact that Brennan is able to throw the shot put further with the new chair demonstrates the effectiveness of their work as well as Brennan’s efforts.”
For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.