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We have a winner

We have a winner!
Posted on 04/24/2016
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Fairfield High School has a winning welder - Jaden Evans!  Jaden was on a team of three welders from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy (HCTEA):  Jaden Evans (Fairfield-SR), Erik Vogt (Sterling-SR) and Dalton Frank (Hutchinson-JR).  These young men competed at the SkillsUSA contest for Fabrication and took 1st place in the State at the awards ceremony on April 20.  This qualifies them to compete at the National SkillsUSA contest in Louisville, Kentucky,  in June.

The Fabrication competition on April 19 provided all metal and blueprints to create a hexagonal fire pit.  Teams were allowed three hours to complete the task which included reading the blueprints, cutting out the metal pieces and then welding it all together.  Evans did the TIG welding, Vogt took care of the stick welding and Frank was responsible for the MIG welding.  Evans said, “I couldn’t believe we won!  It was crazy!”

In addition to the team competition, there was individual welding but students could only compete in one entry.  “I was glad I did the Fabrication instead of the individual welding competition because it’s real life and a lot more fun,” according to Evans.

 There were four high school teams and three college teams who competed.  HCTEA’s team took 1st place for high school teams and NCK Technical (Beloit) took 1st at the college level.  Evans plans to attend Beloit next year so this may not be his last time at contest.  When he graduates this year, he will have several welding certificates because he attended HCTEA for half days during his junior and senior years.  When asked, he would highly recommend the program to others, especially if they know what they want to do and can get the training at HCTEA.

At the National SkillsUSA contest, the Fabrication team will build a truck job-site box.  They are to bring their own blueprint, tools and personal protective equipment and will have 6.5 hours to cut out and complete the project.  They are provided the metal but nothing else.  This is the first time in several years that HCTEA has sent a team to the National contest so all of them are looking forward to the adventure.