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Students Showcase Welding Talent at National SkillsUSA Contest


With 102 contests representing a variety of trade, technical and leadership fields, the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is an exciting showcase of student talent in many areas, and this year’s event was the largest in the contest’s history.


More than 15,000 students, teachers and business partners took part in the 2014 national contest, a week-long event held in June in Kansas City, Missouri. After celebrating its 50th national competition this year, the SkillsUSA event will move to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2015.


Miller is a proud SkillsUSA partner in three contest categories: Welding, Welding Fabrication and Welding Sculpture. Miller representatives help judge and run the welding-related contests, and the company also provides welding equipment for those events. In addition to the welding categories, Miller also supports other contest categories with equipment, including Trailblazer® EFI machines for the Power Equipment Technology category; CST™ 280s for the Diesel Equipment Technology category; and Millermatic® 211s for the Collision Repair category.


Of the 996 total gold, silver and bronze medals awarded during this year’s national contest, here is a listing of the high school and college/postsecondary student winners in the three welding-related fields:


WELDING (high school)


Gold: Daniel Thoresen, San Luis Obispo High School, San Luis Obispo, California

Silver: Isaiah Gaspar, Kofa High School, Yuma, Arizona

Bronze: Joseph N. Bevel, Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, Hollywood, Alabama


WELDING (college/postsecondary)


Gold: Curtiss Anderson, North Central Kansas Tech College, Beloit, Kansas

Silver: Nicholas Zabriskie, Moultrie Technical College, Moultrie, Georgia

Bronze: James A. Foster, Wallace State College, Hanceville, Alabama




Gold: Team P (consisting of Seth Brown, Matthew W. Canterbury and Austin L. Mcallister), Jackson River Technical Center, Covington, Virginia


Silver: Team V (consisting of Brock Oliver, Chase Oliver and Layne McGuire), Douglas High School, Douglas, Wyoming


Bronze: Team AE (consisting of Charles Murphy, Kevin Greer and Will Kraemer), San Luis Obispo High School, San Luis Obispo, California


WELDING FABRICATION (college/postsecondary)


Gold: Team S (consisting of Tyler Grossi, Patrick Hickey and Ryan May), Cuesta Community College, San Luis Obispo, California


Silver: Team V (consisting of Joel Hayes, Joseph Pfeifer and Jacob Arnold), North Central Kansas Tech College, Beloit, Kansas


Bronze: Team D (consisting of James Veldhuis, Ricardo Aldana and Aaron Allen), Arizona Western College, Yuma, Arizona




Gold: Zachary S. Watson, Oneida/Huntsville Technology, Huntsville, Tennessee

Silver: Makenzie Bentley, La Mirada High School, La Mirada, California

Bronze: Dylan Mitchell, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Sewell, New Jersey


WELDING SCULPTURE (college/postsecondary)


Gold: John Allen, Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Huntsville, Huntsville, Tennessee

Silver: Lesia Luviano, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bronze: Marie Heimberger, South Georgia Technical College, Americus, Georgia

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