The Jones High welders participated in SkillsUSA Texas District 12 welding competition in Laredo on Feb. 27 through March 1, and the SkillsUSA Texas state finals in welding March 27-29 in Corpus Christi.
At district, the welders won first place in advanced welding and first place in welding fabrication.
Those student welders participating at district in advanced welding were Dustin Chaney, Ryan De La Garza, Randy Perez and Jonathan Sabiza.
The welding fabrication team consisted of Jacob Flores, James Luna and Nicholas Rodriguez.
When the awards were handed out, Dustin Chaney captured first place in advanced welding, and Jonathan Sabiza placed third.
The team of Flores, Luna and Rodriguez won first place in welding fabrication.
These significant victories propelled these student welders on to the SkillsUSA Texas state finals in both advanced welding and welding fabrication.
Beeville Trojan welders were pitted against the best high school welders from across Texas and were up for the challenge.
Dustin Chaney placed eighth in the state in advanced welding, and the welding fabrication team of Flores, Luna and Rodriguez wound up capturing second place in state.
There are 13 districts in SkillsUSA Texas that vie for a chance for those students to make it to the state finals each year.
“The sweeping of District 12 in welding and welding fabrication and the great effort made by the Beeville welders at state is a testimony to their hard work and preparation in welding and their determined effort in the classroom,” said Richard Beasley, their welding instructor.