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Northwoods high school students compete in Nicolet College welding competition


April 26, 2013

high school weldingFourteen students from area high schools recently competed in Nicolet College’s High School Welding Competition Finals.

While the annual event at Nicolet gave students the chance to sharpen and show off their welding skills, it also did much more than that, said Warren Krause, Nicolet Welding instructor. “It also gave them the added opportunity to explore welding as a possible career and by having the event at Nicolet, they also got a taste of what a college campus is like,” Krause said. “For many of these students, this was the first time they’ve had the opportunity to visit Nicolet.”

Qualifying rounds were held in March, with students tested on welding and math skills. In the finals, Ryan Nehls of Rhinelander High School won top honors with Jonathon Britt and Adam Sislo,  both of Northland Pines, finishing second and third, respectively. All student finalists, their instructors and competition judges are pictured here.

First row, left to right, Josh Fuller, Northland Pines High School instructor, Adam Sislo, Shane Balgaard, Jonathan Britt, all Northland Pines students; Robby Doppke, Phelps, Andrew Richard, Phelps High School instructor. 

Second row, left to right, Dave Stofflet, judge from Oldenburg, David Denis, judge from Northstar Steel, Emerson Hegeman, Patrick Levendoski , both from Three Lakes, Bruce Bradley, Tomahawk High School instructor, Adam Russo and Mitchell Schauer, both from Tomahawk, and Warren Krause and Dan Hintz, Nicolet Welding instructors. 

Third row, left to right, Ryan Kelly, Laona High School instructor, Josh Chitko, and Christian Saurard, both from Laona, Ryan Nehls and Josh Davis, Rhinelander, Adam Schmidt, Rhinelander High School instructor; Hunter Kerchoff and Isaac Markus from Mercer High School, and Chuck Kopp, Nicolet Welding instructor.