On Jan. 31, Pike-Lincoln Technical Center sent seven welding students to the Welding Competition at MWI. 

This is a full day competition that challenges even the best welders. Students competed against over 200 other students from four different states. This is the eighth year that PLTC has participated in this event. 


Tylen Madian, Kennon Watts and Josh April

This year, PLTC had three students place in the top 10. In 10th place was Tylen Madian. Madian is a senior from Elsberry High School. 

Josh April, a senior from Troy Buchanan High School placed third. He received a $3,975 scholarship to MWI and a Lincoln auto darkening welding hood valued at $300. 

Taking first place was Kennon Watts, a senior from Clopton High School. Watts received a full-ride scholarship to MWI, a Lincoln Ranger 225 welder (valued at $20,000). 

In addition, PLTC received a Victor cutting torch and 100 pounds of Lincoln welding rods. In total, the PLTC students brought home over $32,000 in scholarships and prizes. All three of these students are in their second year at PLTC.