Welding students excel in contest

Connor O'Neal, left, Nicholas Lueken, Wade Leonard, Trevor Horney and Dylan Bays.

Pike Central Vocational Welding students swept the top five places at the Region 4 Skills USA Welding Contest at Vincennes University on  Feb. 8. Six Pike Central Vocational Welding students competed with Forest Park junior Dylan Bays placing first. He received a $2,500 scholarship from Vincennes University.

Placing second was Forest Park junior Trevor Horney. He received a $1,000 scholarship from Vincennes University.

Placing third was Forest Park junior Wade Leonard. He received a $500 scholarship from Vincennes University.

Placing fourth was Northeast Dubois junior Nicholas Lueken. Nicholas received a $500 scholarship from Vincennes University.

Placing fifth was Pike Central senior Connor O’Neal. He received a $500 scholarship from Vincennes University.

The top five students from each region will advance to the state contest that will be held at J. Everett Light Career Center in Indianapolis April 17 and 18. The state winner will represent the state of Indiana at the national contest held during the last week in June in Louisville.

Students were evaluated on a 100-question welding theory written test. The shielded metal arc welding process required welding a tube to plate in the vertical position using a 1/8-inch E7018 electrode for root, fill and cap pass. The gas tungsten arc welding process required welding a flat square groove butt joint. The gas metal arc welding process required welding a flat tee joint, lap joint and a square groove butt joint.




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