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PLTC students compete at state welding contest

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Five Pike-Lincoln Technical Center students, along with their instructor Aaron Ervin, headed to Nevada to participate in Missouri Welding Institute’s annual contest.

This is the second year that PLTC students have participated in the contest.

The students arrived at 8 a.m. and finally left at 4 p.m. after a full day of showing off their welding skills. The five PLTC students were competing against 150 other students from throughout the area.

The students from PLTC were Malone Wilmes, Maverick Wilmes, Trey Jines, Tucker Stewart, and Matt Huber.

All student competitors received a $750 scholarship to MWI.

After everything was completed, Trey Jines, a PLTC student from BGHS, placed tenth in the contest. Maverick Wilmes, a PTLC student from Silex, placed eighth. His brother, Malone Wilmes, placed first in the contest.

Malone came home with a Lincoln Welder/Generator and a full scholarship to MWI. Additionally, an ACE Welding fume extractor was donated to PLTC because of Malone’s first place win.