Batavia CTE Student is a Creative Artist with Many Talents

Written by on March 18, 2020

(left to right) Joe Hussar, Batavia HS Counselor; Catherine Bennett, Batavia CTE Center Assistant Principal; Matt Wolff, AWS Rochester Section Chairman; Tyler Murphy; Paul Kesler, Batavia HS Principal; Andrew Geyer and Tim Gleba, Precision Machining Instructor.

Press Release:

Batavia, New York, March 17, 2020 – When Tyler Murphy heard about a logo contest offered by the Rochester chapter of the American Welding Society, he thought he would create a design that reflects his style but also create something that reflects the work of the American Welding Society (AWS), a national organization with local and regional chapters, that promotes and encourages the welding trade. Tyler, a senior from Batavia High School, is a Welding student at the Batavia Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center. His inspiration for his drawing is his love of tattoos, and he wanted to incorporate something that portrayed America, hence the use of the American eagle.

Tyler is quick to share that his teacher encouraged him to enter the contest. “Mr. Geyer, my Welding teacher, encouraged me to enter the contest. He knows how much I enjoy drawing,” Tyler said.

Andrew Geyer is the Welding Instructor at the Batavia CTE Center. He explains why he shared contest information with Tyler.

“When I learned about the American Welding Society logo design competition and how the organization wanted students to submit artwork, Tyler came to mind right away. Tyler has a desire and ability to create art with metal and other mediums. Tyler’s drawing for the new AWS t-shirt logo showcases his ability but represents all types of talent here at the Batavia CTE Center,” Geyer said. “The Metal Trades not only promotes the welding industry but advocates for student’s success and achievement by cultivating student’s confidence and ability through projects such as a logo design competition. I’m extremely proud of Tyler and the efforts he has demonstrated.”

Tyler’s design was selected as the first-place winner of this AWS logo contest and his efforts were recently recognized by Geyer, Paul Kesler, Batavia HS Principal; Joe Hussar, Batavia HS counselor; Catherine Bennett, Batavia CTE Center Assistant Principal; and Matt Wolff, AWS Rochester Section Chairman.

“The AWS Rochester board voted on all designs submitted from local area schools, and Tyler Murphy is the winner. The American Welding Society Rochester Section presented Tyler with a $500 award for a new t-shirt design,” Wolff said.

Tyler was surprised by this award and when asked how he will use the $500, he replied, “I’m ecstatic that my design was chosen. I’m going to buy welding tools.”

The mission of the America Welding Society is to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. With many local and region chapters, this national nonprofit organization, strives to advance the welding industry through many initiatives including membership, certification, education and research as well as publications and events.


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