In early spring, Centerville High School Activities Director Rich Parker asked CHS Metals instructor Mark Whisler to help modify the gates blocking the lower bleachers at Lakeview Gymnasium. Over the years, the gates that were being removed had become twisted and were becoming more and more difficult to remove by lifting them up. Another factor that complicated this situation was the weight associated with the gates themselves.
After looking at the situation, it was determined that the gates could be shortened in length and swinging hinges, along with locking latches, could be added to make it easier for the gateways to be open for public use of the lower bleachers.
Senior Metals students Joe Morris and Anthony Knight were then put in charge of the fabrication, which was completed at the CHS Metals Lab. After completion, the gates were then taken to Lakeview, where Morris was tasked with welding them to the existing railways. Other students involved with the installation were senior Steven Lindley and junior Colton Cowan.
When asked about the finished project to Lakeview’s railing system, Rich Parker said, “Coach Whisler and his class are always willing to help us where they can with our facility needs. The kids do a fantastic job, and very quality work. These gates that were fixed have been an issue for a few years, and now they are much easier to handle."