Pike Central students receive welding awards

Pike Central welding students participating in the Patoka Valley Vocational Cooperative Welding Technology Program brought home a first-place team and four individual trophies on May 3 from the 41st annual Midwest Team Welding Tournament held at J. Everett Light Career Center. 

The team placed first out of 20 teams with a 132-point advantage over the second-place team, Franklin County. The Pike Central team consisted of two first-place finishers, one second-place finisher and a fifth-place finisher. Placing first in the gas tungsten arc welding category was Forest Park senior Nick Werner. Placing first in the gas tungsten arc welding category was Pike Central senior Gage Cummings.  Placing second in the theory category was Jasper senior Caleb Edwards. Placing fifth in the shielded metal arc welding category was Forest Park senior Swayde Morgan. Also participating for the team was Forest Park senior Elliott Wiseman in the flux core arc welding category.   

Each team participating in the tournament is comprised of five members. One member of the team competes in a theory category of the contest, which includes a 200-question written test in welding knowledge, math and blueprint reading. Other members of the team participate in one of four welding processes — GTAW, GMAW, SMAW and FCAW — that are subjected to a guided bend test along with a second weldment from a blueprint. The members’ individual scores are combined for the team score.

Scholarship presentations by Ohio Technical College included $10,000 for the first-place student. Each student on the first-place team received a $10,000 scholarship.

All students received welding-related door prizes.

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