ROCK SPRINGS — Scholarships and valuable welding equipment were the prizes of the day for Wyoming high school students who participated in the 2015 Percy Hadley High School Welding Competition at Western Wyoming Community College.
More than a dozen students from Southwest Wyoming and elsewhere in the state competed in the annual event, in which the students are given a variety of welding tasks to complete in the Technology & Industry Welding Shop.
Winners included: Grand Prize – Colton Flitner, Greybull HS; First Place – Jake Anderson, Rawlins HS; Second Place – Wyatt Newell, Star Valley HS; Third Place – Prescott Hansen, Star Valley HS; Fourth Place – Tabitha Biorn, Evanston HS; Fifth Place – Tyler Buller, Green River HS; Sixth Place – Cody Fausett, Greybull HS; Seventh Place – Kyle Bonner, Mountain View HS; Eighth Place – Andrew Oiler, Saratoga HS; and Ninth Place – Derek Smith, Evanston HS.
Four of the competitors from the April 17 contest received $1,000 scholarships to attend Western after graduation. Western congratulates all winners and competitors on their success.
Thanks to very generous donations from an array of industry partners, each contestant in this year’s contest went home with a prize. Western received significant support for the contest from industry this year. Contributors joining Western in support of this event included: Airgas; TATA Chemical; Church & Dwight; Solvay Chemical; Simplot; Praxair; OCI; United States Welding; Norco; PacifiCorp Jim Bridger Power Plant; Tri State Mine Services; Rick’s Welding; and Bridger Coal Co.
Western Wyoming Community College thanks the competitors, their schools, the College staff, the judges, and all of its industry partners who have contributed to the continued success of this event.