In the pipe welding division, John Lopez won second place and Victoria Elizalde won fourth. In the plate welding division, Eric Dehnert won first place, along with Andres Gaitan and Bryan Webb winning third and fourth, respectively.
There were 32 area high schools participating in this year’s contest. Seventy-five welding students competed in the plate welding division, and 42 welding students competed in the pipe division.
Specific industry safety standards and correct welding procedures were the main emphasis in this contest. There were certified welding inspectors and safety personnel on hand to judge the welding work these students produced and to make sure these students followed all the required safety guidelines.
Another successful year was compiled by the welding students from A.C. Jones High School. In four competitions, Trojan welders won first in pipe and third in plate at the Mike Mylnar Memorial Nueces County Junior Livestock Show High School Welding Contest, a first place in Skills USA District 12 by Victoria Elizalde, a strong effort by Elizalde at the Skills USA State Welding Competition and the recent awards listed above that were won at the Craft Training Center High School Welding Contest in Corpus Christi.
“Victoria Elizalde is most likely the first female to win district in welding from Beeville and advance to the Skills USA state welding competition,” says Richard Beasley, welding instructor A.C. Jones High School.
She also won fourth in pipe welding at the Craft Training Center welding contest with only a month to prepare for the event and with nearly no pipe welding experience.
“This is just another example of her drive and determination to be the best,” adds Beasley.
Beasley credited Mike Mylnar, who died Jan. 2, for instilling in these students the knowledge and drive for perfection in their craft.
“He would be proud of all the students who represented Beeville in these competitions, with their hard work and desire to represent the very best,” he says.