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Local students win money for duck calls, aluminum

Suburban businesses offer scholarships for odd projects

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Pieces of aluminum are shaped by this press in a factory run by Sapa Extrusions, which is headquartered in Rosemont.

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One of the advantages of aluminum is that all this scrap is being recycled in a Pennsylvania plant run by Sapa Extrusions, which is headquartered in Rosemont.

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The winner of the Wauconda-based 2012 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, this folding stretcher was designed by a college student.

courtesy of Aluminum Extruders Council

In the 2009 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, Bartlett High School student Akil Patel won an honorable mention for this insulated door design.

courtesy of Aluminum Extruders Council

courtesy of Aluminum Extruders Council

It might look like a snowflake, but this aluminum part fits into a pump on commercial fishing vessels and blends seawater and liquid nitrogen to make slush that preserves the catch.

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The beauty of extruded aluminum is that it can be used to make intricate objects such as this pump part for a fishing boat, says Nancy Molenda of the Aluminum Extruders Council in Wauconda.

Burt Constable | Staff Photographer

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High-schoolers (or at least their parents) constantly are on the prowl for college scholarships. Most involve lots of writing and little money. But to win a scholarship from a trade organization in Wauconda, all you have to do is is come up with a good aluminum extrusion design.
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    • Pieces of aluminum are shaped by this press in a factory run by Sapa Extrusions, which is headquartered in Rosemont.
    •  One of the advantages of aluminum is that all this scrap is being recycled in a Pennsylvania plant run by Sapa Extrusions, which is headquartered in Rosemont.
    •  The winner of the Wauconda-based 2012 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, this folding stretcher was designed by a college student.
    •  In the 2009 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, Bartlett High School student Akil Patel won an honorable mention for this insulated door design.
    •  It might look like a snowflake, but this aluminum part fits into a pump on commercial fishing vessels and blends seawater and liquid nitrogen to make slush that preserves the catch.
    •  The beauty of extruded aluminum is that it can be used to make intricate objects such as this pump part for a fishing boat, says Nancy Molenda of the Aluminum Extruders Council in Wauconda.
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