23 schools participated in the event this year and a total of 289 student competed.
Silsbee ISD brought 17 students to the competition and 10 students earned their American Welding Society D1.1 Welding Certification.
Level 3 AWS D1.1 1G groove weld with backing:
Jaden Johnson 4th Place earning certification
Rilley Creel 5th Place earning certification
Cody Glenn Earned certification
Damian Loredo Earned certification
Justin Cochran Earned certification
Gage Wales Earned certification
Andrew Leblanc Earned certification
Lane Reed Earned certification
Level 4 AWS D1.1 1G groove weld open root:
Corben McKinney 1st Place earning certification
Adam Saenz 4th place earning certification
Corben McKinney also was awarded multiple scholarship opportunities.
Lamar Institute of Technology $1000
Mainliners Welding Academy $2000
Elite Pipe Welding Academy $1000
The Texas Rice Festival Event kicked off this year with welding certification tests, oxy-fuel cutting contest, tool identification and safety knowledge contest, underwater welding, and Madskills Visual Weld Inspection Challenge.
Competitions and Certifications are open to Texas High School Students and the event is open for the public to view.