Dumas High School welding students competed against 275 welders from 18 states on Saturday at the Tulsa Welding School High School Senior Welding Competition. Four Dumas senior welders placed at the competition and walked away with over $30K in scholarships.

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The 1st annual national competition was held in Houston at the Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWS). The school began the annual competition to find the best AG students in the country. The yearly event showcases the welding skills of High School Seniors who have taken a welding class in High School or at a vocational-technical institute.

Each participant in the competition won a $500 scholarship and various other prizes while the top three spots earned 25 percent, 50 percent, and 100 percent scholarships respectively.

Juan Cota won first place in the national competition and walked away with a full scholarship worth $20,000 to TWS. Jaxin Darcey won 2nd place and a $10,000 scholarship to TWS. Miguel Mendoza took 18th place and a $500 scholarship. Brian Cabeen took 27th and a $500 scholarship.

The welding program at Dumas High School is taught by Mr. Chuck Sauer.