A team of welders from Douglas High School in Box Elder has placed ninth in the nation at a recent SkillsUSA Championship in Louisville.
SkillsUSA is a national organization financed by major manufacturers, such as 3M, John Deere and Harley-Davidson. They aim, according to a release, to be a "vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap."
The three seniors — Raymond Ketelsen, Tate Dewery and Ethan Stebbins — attended the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference at the end of June, along with more than 6,000 students from across the nation to compete in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
During the welding fabrication competition, students worked against the clock and other teams to cut steel to build a rocket stove within six and a half hours. They also had to produce detailed drawings with welding symbols for construction of a metal sneaker box.