Winners of High School Welding Contest Announced

Righetti High School took the top prize.

2014WeldingComp-RHSWinnersMAY 13, 2014 -- Nearly 90 students from nine local high schools competed in the 17th annual Allan Hancock College High School Welding Contest May 10at the college.  Santa Maria, Righetti, Pioneer Valley, Santa Ynez, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Templeton and Paso Robles high schools participated in the daylong competition that offered approximately $9,500 in prizes.  Winners walked away with welding equipment and gear donated to them and their schools by major manufacturers and local businesses.  The first, second and third place schools were Righetti, San Luis Obispo and Templeton.

Categories and individual award winners were:  

MIG Welding – Beginning
First Kelly Ziegler, San Luis Obispo
Second David Hyder, Righetti

Angelee Breuninger, Arroyo Grande

MIG Welding – Advanced
First Patrick Stemlock, Righetti
Second Adam Wilkanoski, Righetti

Kyle Gresmann, Pioneer Valley

OXY Fuel Welding – Beginning
First Scott Howell, Righetti
Second Alden Solis, Righetti

Eduardo Miranda, Santa Maria

OXY Fuel Welding – Advanced
First Rick Cortez, Righetti
Second Will Jevne, Righetti

Josh Milla, San Luis Obispo

STICK Welding – Beginning
First Zack Cherry, Templeton
Second Chance Scantlin, Templeton

Whitney Hour, Righetti

STICK Welding – Advanced
First Dennis   Freitas, Righetti
Second Will   Kraemer, San Luis Obispo

Anthony   Kerstiens, Paso Robles

In addition, a timed cutting contest was held in which contestants used oxy fuel to cut a piece of steel measuring one-inch thick by two inches.  The winner for the fastest time was Chance Scantlin of Templeton High School.

2014WeldingCompContestantPrior to the start of competition, each student took a scored safety test and these scores were added to their welding scores in determining the day’s winners.

Allan Hancock college welding instructor Gabriel Marquez, along with Stan Luis Jr., of Santa Maria American Welding Society (AWS – Section 190) conducted the contest.

Local sponsors included Praxair, B & B Steel, the local American Welding Society chapter, Lahr Industrial Welding, Inc., Melfred Borzall, the Allan Hancock College Industrial Technology program and the college’s Welding Advisory Committee.

Judges included Andrew Mehlschau and Deigo Gutierrez of Lahr Industrial Welding; Brandon Courtner from PC Mechanical; Jos Sanchez from J Fab; Jared Domingos from Jared Domingos Welding; Mike Fontes from Fontco Welding and Engineering; Rob Thoresen from Cuesta College; Steve Bailey from Valley Welding; Carl Manko, a journeyman pipe welder; Bryan Wilson from Royal Wholesale Electric; Bruce Shoun from Spiess Construction; and Cliff Dugger from Teixeira Farms Inc.   

Awards were presented following a Santa Maria Tri-Tip BBQ lunch donated by Praxair.

Allan Hancock College offers both an associate of science degree and certificate in welding technology.  Specialized certificates are also available in metal fabrication and pipe welding.  Classes in blacksmithing and ornamental iron are also offered.  For more information about the welding technology program, call 922-6966 or toll free 1-866 DIAL AHC (342-5242) ext. 3335.

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GROUP PHOTO:  Student welders from Righetti High School took the top prize in last Saturday’s 17th annual Allan Hancock College High School Welding Competition.

SINGLE WELDER:  Dozens of students from nine local high schools competed in six categories – beginning and advanced MIG, OXY and STICK welding – during Allan Hancock College’s recent 17th annual High School Welding Competition.

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Last Modified Jun 30, 2017