Hawkeye Community College hosted the annual High School Weld Off on Friday, April 15, in Buchanan Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus.
Student welder competitions effectively promote quality, productivity, and the image of welding – one of America’s key production skills. The contest is comprehensive and consists of a written assessment and hands-on welding to test students’ skills and knowledge. There were 21 Cedar Valley high school students who competed, representing the following schools: Union Community, Tripoli, Waverly-Shell Rock, Dike New-Hartford, Cedar Falls, Jesup, and Clarksville.
The winner was Adam Schwickerath from Dike-New Hartford High School. He earned the top score on the written exam and the hands-on welding. He earned a new welder for himself and for his school courtesy of Lincoln Electric. His instructor is Gerald Warren.
Second place went to Josh Osterhaus from Cedar Falls High School. He received a new welding helmet. His instructor is Adam Reilly. Third place went to Seth Walker, Waverly-Shell Rock High School. He also received a new welding helmet. His instructor is Bryan Benham.