Photo (left to right): Garrett Jackson, Tyson Childers and Jesse Hunt smile for a picture following their competition rankings announcement.

Written by: Wil Akers and Cannon Joly

Colbert County Schools sent their best welders from Colbert County High School, Cherokee High School and Colbert Heights High School on March 22nd, to a welding competition hosted by Northwest Shoals Community College.  The competition consisted of seven schools, each with multiple competitors. Students were required to perform a vertical T joint weld and a triple pass. Each of these welds can be very complicated if one is not trained properly.  Luckily, Colbert County School system has incredible Ag instructors, which was proven true when all three Colbert County high schools took the top three rankings. Garrett Jackson from Colbert Heights took 1st place, Tyson Childers from Colbert County High School came in 2nd and Jesse Hunt rounded out the 3rd place position, making a clean sweep for the Colbert County school system.  Tyson Childers, a senior who came in second place, said “I really enjoyed it! I hate that this is my last year, but I support my team and hope they get a win next year. Go Indians!” 


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