3 OHS students earn scholarships at NWTC event

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Posing with trailers built in Travis Falkowski’s welding class are, from left, Tyler Wusterbarth, Trevor Schlauch,Chad Hendzel, Dylan Hendzel, Cody Laatsch, Jake Gordon, Falkowski, Collin VanHulle, Camrin Yudes and Jeff Eckes.

Three Oconto High School students from Travis Falkowski’s Northeast Wisconsin Technical College welding class were awarded $1,000 scholarships Friday at the NWTC Tech Challenge.

Tyler Wusterbarth, Jake Gordon and Dylan Hendzel were among seven Oconto students who participated in the welding competitions at the event, which enables high school students to test their skills and compete for college scholarships.

Along with live competitions, the challenge featured completed project categories. Falkowski’s class entered a steel trailer and an aluminum trailer in the display competition. Sales from the trailers will pay for students’ lab fees in tech ed class at Oconto High School.

One of the highlights of the competition was when judges questioned whether the steel trailer was actually built from scratch, because it was so well-made, Falkowski said.

“That is the best compliment we could have received,” he said. “To have someone of that skill level dispute your welds as professionals, my students should be proud.”

The material for the steel trailer was donated by Nercon, represented by Jim Eckes. Robinson Metal donated the material for the aluminum trailer and was represented by Chad Hendzel.