West Side’s state championship welding team of Matthew Keeton, Tanner Fife, and Barrett Smith will compete tomorrow at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. Joining welding instructor Randy Carr on the trip is an alternate welder who will step in, if needed, Asa Carr. This is the 7th consecutive team from West Side to represent Arkansas in metal fabrication.
The gold medal winning Welding Fabrication team and alternate will face an even more rigorous competition against gold medalists from all other represented states. In total, about 6,500 other state winners are competing in 103 different trade, technical and leadership areas.
The awards ceremony will be streamed live on the SkillsUSA website beginning at 4 p.m. CDT Friday.
Pictured are (from left) Tanner, Matthew, Asa, and Barrett.