Two Oak Ridge High Schools received gold medals and were named state champions in two different welding categories, while a third student received a bronze medal.
The students and their medals are:
- Senior Evan Eschenberg received a gold medal and is the state champion in the category of Welding.
- Sophomore Abigayle Allison received a gold medal and is the state champion in the category of Welding Sculpture.
- Junior Peyton Ooten received a bronze medal for third place in the state in the category of Action Skills.
The students are in Jeff Hankins’ welding classes at Oak Ridge High School. They competed and placed in several events in the Skills USA State Championships from April 17-20 in Chattanooga.
The Skills USA organization is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force, a press release said. The Skills USA State Conference allows student members to display their many talents through various competitions. Attendees at this conference had the opportunity to focus on developing advanced leadership, citizenship, and employability skills.
This press release was submitted by Holly Cross.
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