Northwoods high school students compete in Nicolet College welding competition
April 24, 2015
Twenty-three 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 Craig Deer, Nicolet Welding instructor. “It 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, attended by 66 students representing each of the 11 high schools in the Nicolet District, were held in March.
In the finals, Dalton Bellamy from Laona took first place, Josh Chitko, also from
Laona, second, and Matt Weber, Mercer, third.
All students who qualified for and competed in the finals included first row, left to right, Tyler Kalkofen, Todd Hilkert, Michael Bruce, all from Goodman-Armstrong Creek; Chase Dewing, Crandon; Kyle Mork, Brandon Alsteen, Rhienalnder; Cole Schoepke, Elcho; Dustin Krueger, Casey Myre, Tomahawk; Matt Weber, Mercer; and Stephan Gensler, Three Lakes; back row, left to right, Hans Luebke, Northland Pines; Gage Tallier, Wabeno; Race Stamper, Charlie Wilson, Crandon; Zach Cline, Rhinelander; Sam Kalada, Crandon; Josh Chitko, Jordan Belland, Christian Savard, Dalton Bellamy, Laona; Bryce Wick and Wade Miles, Three Lakes.