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35 High School Students in Welding Competition

ECTC Welding Program Hosts “Tim Turner Memorial Welding Classic” Competition for High School Students

Thirty-five high school students from five Kentucky school districts participated in the sixth annual welding contest on April 11, sponsored by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s welding program.
The competition was named posthumously in honor of Tim Turner, a former ECTC welding associate professor who served as program coordinator. The “Tim Turner Memorial Welding Classic” was named to honor his dedication and legacy to the ECTC welding program. Turner was named to the inaugural class of ECTC’s Distinguished Alumni Program in 2006.

Sparks flew as the students did their best to demonstrate their skills in several different skills. The students were judged on individual skills, and the teams were judged as a whole as well.
Schools competing included Area Technology Centers in Clinton County, Franklin County, Grayson County, Graves County, and Nelson County. Prizes and trophies were awarded to the winners as follows:

Team Competition
1st Place – Nelson County Team 2
2nd Place – Nelson County Team 1
3rd Place – Mayfield Area Technology Center (Graves County)

Individual Competitions
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick Welding)
1st Place – Duncan Brothers, Nelson County 2
2nd Place – Michael Dempsey, Franklin County
3rd Place - Peyton Hardin, Nelson County 1

Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG Welding)
1st Place – Devin Hamilton, Nelson County 1
2nd Place – Lee Sinclair, Clinton County
3rd Place – Andrew Knox, Grayson County

Flux Core Arc Welding
1st Place – Dillon Tingle, Nelson County 2
2nd Place – Jared Sparkman, Nelson County 1
3rd Place – Donovan Edwards, Franklin County 1

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG Welding)
1st Place – Matt Dowdy, Mayfield ATC
2nd Place – Leah Logsdon, Grayson County
3rd Place – Ryan Coomer, Nelson County 2

Wild Card
1st Place – Trenton Pritchard, Mayfield ATC
2nd Place – Kyle Calvert, Nelson County 2
3rd Place – Jonathan Curtsinger, Nelson County 1

Photos attached: (All photos are identified left to right)

Clinton County
Clinton County
Lee Sinclair, John Burchett, Troy Wray, Jesse Burchett – instructor, Derek Lower, Kurtis Irwin

Franklin County 1
Franklin County – Team 1
Ben Dunavent, Terrance Clay, Donovan Edwards, Austin Patton, Michael Dempsey,
Randy Shewmaker ( instructor)

Franklin County 2

Franklin County – Team 2
James Lewis, Jake McDonald, Dylan Wilhoite, Jimmy Bailey, Cody Campbell, Randy Shewmaker, instructor

Graves Co Mayfield ATC

Graves County – Mayfield Area Technology Center
Nate Sullivan, Alex Prather, Trenton Pritchard, Matt Dowdy, Kass Ellington, Charles Price, Instructor.

Grayson County

Grayson County
Quentin Bratcher, Brenis Crawford, Mikey Childress, Leah Logsdon, Andrew Knox,
Larry Baker (instructor)

Nelson County 1
Nelson County – Team 1
Devin Hamilton, Johnathan Curtsinger, Jared Sparkman, Peyton Hardin, Collin Boone, Joe Grider, instructor.

Nelson County 2
Nelson County – Team 2
Dillion Tingle, Cody Nally, Kyle Calvert, Ryan Coomer, Duncan Brothers, Joe Grider, instructor.