Pike Central welding students participating in the Patoka Valley Vocational Cooperative Welding Technology Program brought home First Place Team and 4 individual trophies on May 3, 2019, from the 41st Annual Midwest Team Welding Tournament held at J. Everett Light Career Center.
The team placed first out of twenty teams with a 132 point advantage over the second place team, Franklin County. The Pike Central team consisted of two first place finishers, one second place finisher, and a fifth place finisher. Placing first in the G.T.A.W. category was Forest Park senior Nick Werner. Placing first in the G.M.A.W. category was Pike Central senior Gage Cummings. Placing second in the Theory category was Jasper senior Caleb Edwards. Placing fifth in the S.M.A.W. category was Forest Park senior Swayde Morgan. Also participating for the team was Forest Park senior Elliott Wiseman in the F.C.A.W. category.
Each team participating in the tournament is comprised of five members. One member of the team competes in a theory category of the contest, which includes a 200 question written test in welding knowledge, math and blueprint reading. The other members of the team participate in one of four welding processes, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (G.T.A.W.), Gas Metal Arc Welding (G.M.A.W.), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W.), and Flux Core Arc Welding (F.C.A.W.) that are subjected to a guided bend test along with a second weldment from a blueprint. The members' individual scores are combined for the team score.
Scholarship presentations by Ohio Technical College:
First place student - $10,000
Each student on the first place team - $10,000 scholarship
All students received welding-related door prizes.