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BOCES Students Bring Some of France to Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the Eiffel Tower, even when students at BOCES Tech Center made their own replica of the famous French landmark.

With some “French Jeopardy” to get their minds going, and questions asking information about who built the Eiffel Tower, four architecture students began researching plans for the tower.

Bryant Dain from Haldane, Keyen Ordonez from Ossining, Sal Costa from Mahopac and Kelsey Malone from Yorktown found out all the information they could about the landmark, and then got to work.

“They began with an architectural drawing,” said teacher Gerry Markel. “Then they transferred their design to the Auto Cad (Computer Aided Design) program and came up with the plans.”

Students used balsa wood to construct the project, which would come to an end with a ribbon cutting ceremony and sparkling lights to decorate.

The students’ responsibilities were divided into different areas to work on the project. Markel explained that Dain completed the lighting, Ordonez did the arches for the tower, Malone was the draftsman and Costa did the fine wood cutting.

“The small detailed cuts at the bottom were the hardest,” Costa said. His classmate Malone added, “The work was really tedious.”

Their hard work culminated at the end, to which they all agreed the project was worth it, while eating croissants, listening to French music and taking in their beautiful and completed project right before their winter break.

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