A group of Hudson High School technical education students recently placed second at the Annual Northwest Wisconsin Welding Competition. Hudson's team included Reed Meyer, Ella Diedrich, Alex Miller, Zane Bakken and Michael Showalter. The competition was hosted by WITC-Rice Lake and included more than 200 high school students from 14 high schools throughout northwest Wisconsin.

In the competition, students are tested on various types of welding techniques. Each team consists of five competitors, with each teammate performing a different welding process. Competitors must build and weld a part from a print with a 30-minute time limit. They are scored as individuals in each category, and the teams receive an overall rating.

The five welding processes competitors were tested on include: gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, oxy-fuel cutting, and a written exam.

The first place team won a Miller 211 mig welder, the second place team won a six-piece Milwaukee cordless tool kit, and the third place team won an assortment of welding/fabrication tools. The top individual competitors won auto-darkening welding helmets, duffle bags, gloves and jackets.

The individual competition winners from Hudson included:

• Oxy-fuel cutting - first place Zane Bakken

• Shielded metal arc welding - first place Michael Showalter

• Gas tungsten arc welding - second place Alex Miller

In addition to the welding competition, the WITC-Rice Lake campus hosted a Technology and Industry Expo and Open House. The Expo featured many businesses from the WITC district and beyond. Attendees could network with businesses, learn about their products and services, and participate in live simulations. It also provided an opportunity for the high school students to connect the programs at WITC to their related careers.