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GISH students compete, and place, in college welding competition


Four students in the Academy of Technical Sciences at Grand Island Senior High’s Career Pathways Institute aren’t afraid of fire — they’re blazing their own path to success in the welding field. 

Bryn Otto, Brayden Weller, Angel Tuma Hernandez and Jaymes Quick competed with Central Community College - Grand Island campus in the NCK Welding Competition held at Kansas Welding College - Beloit campus in early March.

Brandon Piersol, a welding instructor at CCC, reached out to Mr. Holley (Principal of the Academy of Technical Sciences) about the college competition when he found out that high school students were also eligible to compete. Otto, Weller, Hernandez and Quick are believed to be the only high school students in the competition.


“This is a great example of how the partnership between Central Community College and the Academies of Grand Island Senior High can lead to unique opportunities for our students.”  Mr. D.W. Holley, Principal of the Academy of Technical Sciences & CPI, shared, “ A college level competition that only college welding students would have been eligible to participate in, was afforded to our students due to the training and educational opportunities provided to them through CCC and an Academy of Technical Sciences partnership.  Our students thrive in competition.  It doesn't matter if it is welding or athletics.  Kids need the opportunity to compete to showcase their talents and have something to show for all their hard work and practice.” 

Bryn Otto and Brayden Weller were the only students on the CCC team to place in the competition. Bryn placed 21st and Brayden placed 24th out of 120 college-level students.

The welding competition was a prep event for SkillsUSA in April.

Congratulations to our students for competing and excelling in your passion!

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