There were 25 high school students who participated in the regional Skills USA welding competition hosted by North Idaho College Friday, March 14. NIC welding instructors, students, and former students acted as judges in the event. Winners will go on to the statewide Skills USA competition. Kootenai Technical Education Campus, Lakeland High School, and Mullan Junior-Senior High School all participated. Cd’A Metals and A-L Compressed Gases donated prizes for the top winners, who competed in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Oxygen/Fuel Cutting. Pictured are contestants and judges during the competition.
Britt Dickens of Lakeland High School was the overall winner. Other results: Lakeland High School SMAW 1st- Brett Howell2nd- Britt Dickens3rd- Clayton Marshall GMAW1st- Britt Dickens2nd- Clayton Marshall3rd- Brett Howell OXY1st- Britt Dickens2nd- Kenny Cooper3rd- Brett Howell Kootenai Technical Education Campus SMAW 1st- Brice Volking2nd- Alex Jones3rd- Casey Madsen GMAW1st- Brice Volking2nd-Nate Muncoff3rd- Logan Hilding OXY1st- Logan Hilding2nd- Alex Jones3rd- Michael Cafferty