Marion students dominate welding contest
Marion High School dominated a metal inert gas welding competition Friday at North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit.
Aaron Molleker, Clint Kroupa and Patrick McCarty swept first through third places respectively, and the overall team won first place in the invitational, sponsored by the Kansas Welding Institute.
According to industrial education teacher Mark Meyer, team members were required to read and interpret blueprints to correctly place and perform five welds on three-eighths-inch plate and four other welds on quarter-inch plate.
They also took a written test on MIG welding.
Other team members were Zac Lewman (seventh place), Nick Meyer (10th), Clark Kroupa (16th), Cody Carr (18th), and Sean Buchanan, Jacob Cope, Dirk Young, Lauren McLinden, Corey Shields, and Blake Stringer.