Students from the Cardinal High School Welding Academy, one of nine academies operated by Indian Hills, took first place honors at the Skills USA Welding Competition. The top placing earns the second-year Cardinal students a place in the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky later this year.
Instructor Andy Brainard was responsible for getting the students ready for the state contest.
At the national contest, students will participate in a timed competition designed to test their ability to use various welding tools and processes. The Skills USA Championship awards a gold, silver and bronze medal to the top three high school participants.
About SkillsUSA Welding Championships
Each year, students from local high school and post-secondary welding programs compete in SkillsUSA competitions. A series of local, district, and state-wide contests decide which two students will represent their state at the national level. Each participating state sends its high school and post-secondary champions to the national SkillsUSA Championships held in Louisville each June. Contestants participate in a timed competition designed to test their ability to use various welding tools and processes. These include weld-measuring gauges, oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting processes, flux core arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and shielded metal arc welding. The SkillsUSA Championship awards a gold, silver, and bronze medal to the top three high-school participants and the top three post-secondary participants.
Learn more about the competition, here.