Franke earns top spot in 37th annual RLC Welding Contest

INA, Ill. (April 9, 2019) - Twenty-three local high school students competed in Rend Lake College's 37th Annual Welding Contest, with ten scoring high enough to receive prizes. A total of $6,500 in Academic Awards were given to the top five students to attend RLC's program in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. In addition to the Academic Awards, winners received gloves, with first place also receiving a Miller Welding Helmet thanks in large part to donations from ILMO Products.

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Isaiah FrankeIsaiah Franke, RIGHT, of Valmeyer, placed first in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor. 

Matthew TraderMatthew Trader, RIGHT, of Waltonville, placed second in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Jeremiah BrightJeremiah Bright, RIGHT, of Zeigler-Royalton, placed third in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Cydni WrobelCydni Worbel, RIGHT, of Centralia, placed fourth in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. She is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Chandler JinesChandler Jines, RIGHT, of Mt. Vernon, placed fifth in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Kailyn StewartKailyn Stewart, RIGHT, of West Frankfort, placed sixth in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. She is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Seth BealSeth Beal, RIGHT, of Mt. Vernon, placed seventh in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Daniel MeltenDaniel Melton, RIGHT, of Waltonville, placed eighth in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Hunter BradenHunter Braden, RIGHT, of Hamilton County, placed ninth in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.

Josh WilliamsonJosh Williamson, RIGHT, of West Frankfort, placed tenth in the 2019 Welding Contest, based on six grading metrics. He is pictured with Pete Wilce, LEFT, RLC Welding Associate Professor.


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