Lincoln-Way students place in annual welding contest
Friday, May 12, 2017

On Friday, May 5, 2017, over 30 students from Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, and Lincoln-Way West participated in the annual Joliet Junior College (JJC) Welding Competition. Eighty students from local schools participated in the event, which was divided into a high school and a vocational competition. Students from Joliet West, Joliet Central, Grundy Area Vocational Center, Wilco Vocational Center, and Kankakee Area Career Center were among the competitors.

"Welding competitions are a great way to test our students’ ability to weld,” says Lincoln-Way Central Welding Instructor, Daymon Gast. “My students also get to see post-secondary opportunities for continuing their welding experience.”

The top three winners in the high school competition were all District 210 students. Lincoln-Way Central senior Kevin Fox took third place; Lincoln-Way East junior Adrian Villasenor took second place; and Lincoln-Way East senior Tyler Mahy won first place.

Each student received a plaque for their respective school, and also received welding equipment as their winning prize. Joliet Junior College also provided students with lunch and a tour of the campus.

"All my students practiced hard and deliberately for this contest; you have to,” says Gast. “It’s not like you can just show up and do it. It’s a real skill—one that is very marketable for a great paying career.”