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Welding students take part in Royal Invitational to gear up for state

As a way of gearing up for the coming SkillsUSA state competition, nearly a dozen Yuma Union High School District Career & Technical Education welding students took part in the Royal Invitational on Friday, Mar. 29, 2019 at Kofa High School.

“It’s a way to get some practice in before the state competition,” San Luis High School welding instructor Zach Kelly said. “For some of these students, the first competition they attend is regionals, so the more chances they have to compete the more comfortable they will be when they go to state.”

The state competition takes place Apr. 12-13, 2019 at the Phoenix Convention Center. A student welding at the Royal Invitational

Friday’s invitational featured multiple stations that mimicked skills that competitors would need to demonstrate next month in Phoenix, including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, Oxyacetylene cutting, and math and welding knowledge tests.

According to Kelly and Gila Ridge High School welding instructor Michael Young, this is the first time Kofa has hosted a regional competition since 2007. Both Kelly and Young participated in the competition as students that year.

Eric Patten