MTI awards local, Midwest students in welding competition

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SPRINGFIELD -- Midwest Technical Institute's Springfield, Illinois campus hosted its 7th annual high school welding competition today. 100 students from 24 area schools attended.

The top three winners received a cash prize and a trophy (1st place - $500, 2nd place - $250, and 3rd place - $100). Here's a look at the winners:

Division A
1st: Peter Siegel, South Tech - St. Louis, MO
2nd: Steven Harris, Career Center of Central IL - Redbud, IL
3rd: Shawn Young, Heartland Tech - Decatur, IL

Division B
1st: Nathan Dickerson, Gillespie High School - Gillespie, IL
2nd: Cole England, Heartland Tech - Decatur, IL
3rd: William Lannon, Livingston Area Career Center - Pontiac, IL

The competition provided a great learning experience for all students involved, and gave students a chance to see how their skills compared to other students in the area.

The students were given several raw pieces of metal and a blue print. They were asked to produce the project from the blue print using their skills in Arc, MIG, and TIG welding.

Students in Division B were also required to take a written exam to demonstrate their knowledge on basic terminology and blueprint reading.  The winners were determined by their competency in written exam, project assembly and accuracy,  and overall quality of their welds.

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