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Welding Contest Winners Announced


High-school winners, from left, are Jeremiah Boyer, first place, Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School%3B Andrew Hestor, second place, SUN-Area Career and Technology Center%3B Justin Aten, third place, Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School%3B Matthew Dye, fourth place, SUN-Area Career and Technology Center%3B Cain Showalter, fifth place, SUN-Area Career and Technology Center%3B and Brad Wallize, sixth place, Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School.Winners of a welding contest hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology for high-school and college students were announced recently at an awards banquet.

The contest was conducted in February by the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Welding Society.

Three high schools − Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School in Bloomsburg, SUN Area Career and Technology Center in New Berlin and Williamsport Area High School − participated in the secondary-school contest. All post-secondary competitors were Penn College welding students.

Two independent judges, Niles Orheli of High Steel Structures and Richard Sunderland of George Logue Inc., evaluated the entries.

Winners in the high-school competition were: Jeremiah Boyer, Columbia-Montour, first place; Andrew Hestor, SUN Area, second place; Justin Aten, Columbia-Montour, third place; Matthew Dye, SUN Area, fourth place; Cain Showalter, SUN Area, fifth place; and Brad Wallize, Columbia-Montour, sixth place.

Representing Penn College, from left, are Anthony L. Joy, first place%3B Lynn A. Goss, Milroy, second place%3B Justin M. Clouser, Indiana, third place%3B James W. Fox, assistant professor of welding%3B Robert M. Vaughn, assistant professor of welding%3B Justin D. Grimminger, Altoona, fourth place%3B Mark J. Claypoole, Duncansville, fifth place%3B and Kyle J. Bennett, Towanda, sixth place.In the postsecondary contest, awards were given to: Anthony L. Joy, Corry, first place; Lynn A. Goss, Milroy, second place; Justin M. Clouser, Indiana, third place; Justin D. Grimminger, Altoona RR 3, fourth place; Mark J. Claypoole, Duncansville, fifth place; and Kyle J. Bennett, Towanda RR 6, sixth place.

All of the winners received a plaque. First-place winners in both categories were also awarded a welder donated by Lincoln Electric, while second-place winners were awarded $50 cash from the American Welding Society.

James W. Fox, assistant professor of welding, who has helped to organize the competition since 1978, said about 65 high-school and college students participated in the event, held in Penn College’s Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

To learn more about the academic programs offered by the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Penn College, call (570) 327-4520, send e-mail or visit on the Web.

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