Trojan welders James Scotten and Peyton Tabb captured first and second place, respectively, in the SKILLS U.S.A. District 12 high school welding competition.
This is the eighth year in a row for Beeville to win district and to advance to the state welding competition. Fellow welders also competing at district were Garrett Bond, Felix Morales, Ivan Martinez and Campbell Heard. This event was held on March 7 and 8 at the Victoria Independent School District Career and Technology Institute.
The welding test that was required of all the contestants was a vertical up weld using beveled plate, welded from the front side of the plates only. The finished weld was required to have a uniform stringer bead on the back side, along with a final cap weld that was complete, tying both bevels. Certified welding inspectors were on hand to inspect these welds, with strict industry inspection standards and guidelines followed when judging each weld.
On March 31, James Scotten and his welding instructor, Mike Mylnar, will travel to Corpus Christi, where Scotten will compete in the SKILLS U.S.A. state competition. The welders will be tested on March 31 and April 1 at the Craft Training Center. The awards and closing ceremony will take place April 2 at the American Bank Center.