CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education recognized students from Kanawha and Mingo counties Wednesday for work recently completed on the board’s meeting room in Charleston.

Simulated workplace students at Mingo Central and Herbert Hoover high schools designed and built a backdrop wall and new meeting table.

Board member Frank Vitale said the work is top-notch.

“Anybody sitting in this room today, I want to challenge you to go out, and tell the story, talk about simulated workplace and talk about the wonderful things this group of students has done,” Vitale said.

Simulated workplaces through county school system technical education centers have been part of several projects over the last few years including building “tiny houses” after the June 2016 flood for flood victims and ongoing maintenance projects at several state parks.

The conference table is a u-shaped table. It has two sides measuring 22 feet, 6 inches long and a connecting table that is 24 feet long. State school board member Debra Sullivan was impressed with the craftsmanship with the craftsmanship of members of “The Shop” at Herbert Hoover.

“It’s not just workmanship it’s craftsmanship and you’re all to be commended. Hopefully we will see some of your work out in the rest of the world,” Sullivan said.

Kanawha Valley Welding helped make the state seal that is connected to the table.

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