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WITC welding students claim top spots at annual Welding Competition

Student winners in the Stick Welding Competition: Kael Drager, third place; Jon Warder, second place; and Seth Mowers, first place; are shown with Mike Baraskewich, welding instructor from Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and judges Jerry Russell and Brian Nelson.

Forty area welding students put their skills to the test for the fourth annual WITC-Superior Welding Competition held April 22 at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's Superior campus.

Students from WITC-Superior and WITC-New Richmond competed against representatives from Lake Superior College and Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The students were judged on a wide range of proficiency tests, which included 75 individual welding tests in two areas: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GTAW). Independent judges representing local industry judged the student's welding expertise. Cash prizes were awarded to three winners in each category.

Student winners
Stick Welding Competition

1. Seth Mowers, WITC-Superior; 2. Jon Warder, WITC-Superior; 3. Kael Drager, Confederation College

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Competition
1. Cody Popovich, WITC-Superior; 2. Greg Stolpe, Lake Superior College; 3. Reece Chezick, Lake Superior College