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March 30 Awards Banquet Awaits Premier Student Welders

A sweet hat for a serious craftsman.
A sweet hat for a serious craftsman.
Hosts and judges are joined by postsecondary students ...
Hosts and judges are joined by postsecondary students …
... and competitors from regional high schools.
… and competitors from regional high schools.
Vying to be among the day's top welders
Vying to be among the day’s top welders

The annual American Welding Society Section 105 welding contest, a competition for both high school and postsecondary students, was held last week in Penn College’s Avco Metal Trades Center. There are three high school welding programs within the boundaries of AWS Section 105. each of which have 18 to 20 students in their respective programs. The instructors hold in-house contests to winnow their students to six to bring to the college the day of the contest. The top six place-winners are invited to a dinner March 30 in the Thompson Professional Development Center, where they will find where they placed and receive prizes. The college program started with around 100 students who competed in individual classes, where they were eliminated to four students per section or 24 total students. The top six college students will also be invited to the awards dinner, which will also be attended by the AWS president.
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer

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