UA Cossatot Welding Team impresses at 2022 Weld-A-Thon competition

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UA Cossatot's Secondary Career Center (SCC) Welding Team from the Nashville Campus won 3rd place at the 2022 Weld-A-Thon competition, held at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado on March 17, 2022. 

The team was comprised of three 11th graders: Cristian Perez from Mineral Springs High School and Wren Washburn and Tristan Ewing from Nashville High School. 

Each student won a welding jacket, gloves, and glasses. The students also brought home their fire pit. The fire pit is located at the Nashville Campus in the welding building. 

The team was assigned a blueprint and welding materials. Then, the students were given two hours to build a custom fire pit. The project was judged based on efficiency, technique, quality, and teamwork. 

Their instructor, Stuart Dufrene, is very proud of their success, especially since many of the other competing teams were seniors who competed in last year’s competition. 

 This is the second consecutive year that a UA Cossatot SCC Welding Team has placed in the top three, with the previous year’s team of 12th graders winning 1st place. 

Dufrene gave all the credit to these students. 

Dufrene said, “Hard work pays off, and these young men have worked very hard in this class.” Perez, Washburn, and Ewing hope to compete again next year, and other UA Cossatot SCC welding teams are encouraged to compete. Pictured below, left to right: Instructor Stuart Dufrene, Cristian Perez, Wren Washburn, & Tristan Ewing.