Prescott named PHS homecoming alumnus

Richard Prescott, a 1987 graduate of Princeton High School (PHS), is this year’s PHS Homecoming honorary alumnus.

The 2012 Princeton High School Homecoming honorary alumnus Richard Prescott, holding two of the metal bells that Glenn Metalcraft made parts for as part of a collaborative project with students at the high school.

The PHS chapter of the National Honorary Society picks the local homecoming honorary alumnus each year based on the PHS graduate’s contributions to the community.

Prescott, 43, is operations supervisor at Glenn Metalcraft in Princeton’s industrial park. The metal-spinning company is where Prescott began working after about five years working at Royal Tire in Monticello.

Prescott began at Glenn Metalcraft as a metal spinner, and then advanced into computer numerical control metal spinning, quality control work and finally to his current job of supervising and scheduling.

Prescott lives in Princeton with wife Kim and they have two grown children – Derek and Fannessa. Prescott enjoys outdoor sports, including hunting, fishing and camping. It was because he was on an antelope trip to Wyoming into the first day of PHS Homecoming week that he wasn’t at Monday’s homecoming coronation ceremony. It is likely he will be in the parade during halftime of this Friday’s homecoming football game in Princeton.

PHS career center employee Jill Overby and PHS science teacher Ingeri Milam nominated Prescott for the honor.

Milam has had science, math and engineering students over many years engage in hands-on projects with Prescott and Glenn Metalcraft. The object was to show students how what is learned in the classroom, particularly in the science, engineering and math fields, can be applied in manufacturing, Prescott explained.

One of the projects involving Milam’s students has been to design a small metal bell that is then made at Glenn Metalcraft through metal spinning.

Glenn Metalcraft has copies of the approximately 30 bells it has made over the years for Christmas and Prescott said that seven or eight of those bells were part of the mentioned school project involving PHS students. Two bells were actually made during last school year with the students because the student bell project wasn’t done the previous year.

The project starts with either a math, engineering or science class at PHS dividing into small groups, with each group challenged to come up with the winning design for the bell to be made at Glenn Metalcraft. Employees at the company then review the designs and pick what they feel is the best one, and then meet with all the students to go over the company’s reasons for selecting a designs and rejecting others.

Next, Glenn Metalcraft manufactures the tooling needed to make the bell and uses that tooling to spin the metal parts for the bell based on the winning design. The students then get to assemble the parts for the bells. Glenn Metalcraft makes enough so that each student in the class receives a bell.

Glenn Metalcraft and Prescott were also involved in an apprenticeship program that ran for some years up until five or so years ago. That had students at PHS work for a period of time at a manufacturing company to see what it is like.

Overby notes that Prescott has also enthusiastically helped with allowing PHS students to job shadow Glenn Metalcraft employees, and has been very accommodating in giving mock interviews of students at PHS so they can learn interviewing skills.

Prescott said he believes that a lot of why he was selected as honorary alumnus has to do with the mentioned projects and his being an advocate for manufacturing and helping to be a link between industry and the high school.