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High School Welding Competition Winners Announced

Thirty-one high school students recently demonstrated their welding skills during the Western Dakota Tech Welding Program's First Welding Competition.

Students participating in the Feb. 5 event were from Bennett County, Custer, Douglas, Hill City, Lead/Deadwood, Oelrichs, Spearfish, Summit, and Box Elder Job Corps. One participant was home schooled.

The Welding Competition consisted of fillet welds and T-joints performed in horizontal and vertical positions. Welds 
were conducted on steel material. Participants also took a written exam.

The winners were:

  1. Calvin Stanley, Spearfish
  2. Denato Two Bulls, Oelrichs
  3. Nicholas Klima, Hill City
  4. Pratt Williams, Lead/Deadwood
  5. Greg George, Spearfish

"Congratulations to the top placers in our first high school welding competition. Western Dakota Tech started this event to bring awareness to the career field and showcase the talent of the high school students," said Michael Prugh, Director of the Western Dakota Tech Welding Program. 

Prugh thanks the welding competition sponsors which provided prizes for the winners and lunch. They also served as welding judges and set up booths. Sponsors included Matheson, Marmen Energy, Peabody, PermianLide Tank and Vessel Manufacturing, and True North Steel.  

About Western Dakota Tech

Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

Western Dakota Tech offers programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

More than 96 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military.

Western Dakota Tech faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

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