Senior Kyle Myers wins top prize in statewide welding competition
May 3, 2017 -- Marcellus High School senior Kyle Myers won first place in a statewide welding sculpture competition during the SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships held April 27-29 at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse. He will now advance to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in June.
According to his SkillsUSA adviser at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Myers had to create a sculpture using various welding techniques and develop a portfolio outlining each step of the process. He competed against 10 other students in his category.
“I can’t think of a more deserving student to have won,” OCM BOCES adviser Danielle Curtis said.
Marcellus Board of Education members and administrators paused to recognize Myers’ achievement during their May 2 public meeting.
The state conference in Syracuse included 2,000 students participating in a total of 86 competitions.
Bruce Potter, state director for SkillsUSA, said the designs created in the welding sculpture competition are true works of art. Students must have great eye-hand coordination, a keen understanding of metallurgy and an ability to communicate their choices and process to the judges.
“It really is a very critical-thinking type of competition,” Potter said. “It’s not just welding.”
SkillsUSA is a student-leadership organization that focuses on students within the vocational area. SkillsUSA members are considered the "leaders" of the school and participate in many different community service activities and competitions throughout the year.
Myers will be joining 110 students from New York – and some 16,000 other participants from across the country, including students, teachers and business partners – at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.