Laguna Tools selected Luke Grant, a senior at Drury High School in North Adams, Mass., as the winner of its 2013 CNC School Contest.
The contest, open to all high school, college and university students enrolled in a diploma or degree program, invited brief essays on the type of product they would make with a Laguna Tools computer numerical control machine.
The winning essay, chosen from several hundred entries, centered on Grant’s desire to create molds that could be used to shape fiberglass or carbon fiber into body panels for an entry in the Tour De Sol solar power vehicle rally.
“The woodworking classes at Drury High School participate every year in community service learning projects. I'm told they'll use the award to fix some shop equipment that had been idled by lack of repair funds,” Laguna Tools vice president Catherine Helshoj said in a statement.