The Southern Oklahoma Technology Center welding fabrication team took home top honors as it hosted the annual regional competition.

A team of three students is given a project to weld within a set time frame and are judged on how much of the project they complete, accuracy of the measurements and the precision of the welds.

SOTC’s team managed to nearly complete their project, a table, and have it welded together.

“What put them over the top was the project being square and complete,” said instructor Johnie Carter.

However, the participants had no way of knowing this when they were competing.

“It was like walking on nails,” Stealey Brown said. “We didn’t know how we did, and the other one looked pretty good.”

Now, they go into the state competition with confidence.

“We were very confident then,” Dylan Howard said.

There is also a welding contest for individuals that had regionals at the Moore-Norman Technology Center.

Students received blueprints two weeks before the competition to practice with, then weld the project in two and half hours and have a cutting competition.

Montana Rushing is advancing to state welding after placing third at regionals.

As a first-year welding student, he was nervous facing second-year students. However, the Marietta High School senior came out ahead.

“It was not that hard of a project because I was working on it for a long time,” Rushing said. “Now, I’m excited to go to state.”

Other high school welders were Chris Williams, Dickson, placing 13th and James Garner placing eighth. In post-secondary, Fedaisha Cohee, Ardmore, placed fifth.