What is a ‘welding rodeo’? Here’s the unique way area students are reusing scrap metal

Students from the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center are gearing up for a unique fundraiser that will take their technical know-how to the next level.

The SCCTC will host its sixth annual Welding Rodeo at the school today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m and Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. Juniors and seniors from the center will compete against each other to weld together unique structures from scrap metal. This year’s theme focuses around “transportation.”

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The annual event allows students to utilize all the skills they’ve learned throughout the school year to create their pieces, which will then be auctioned for charity.

Funds raised from this year’s competition will benefit the Clark County Veteran’s Association and will also help create two $500 scholarships to be awarded to students who plan on continuing their welding education.

The competition will be judged by local business owners who helped provide the scrap metal used in the contest. The volunteers will also function as mentors to the students participating.

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The event is free and open to the public to attend.

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