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Mingus Welding Fabrication team wins SkillsUSA State Championship
Mingus students compete in State Championship

Mingus Welding Fabrication Team, John Stratz, left, Mason Hart and Kyle Alexander, won Gold for the second year in a row during the SkillsUSA State Championships in Phoenix.Courtesy Photo

Mingus Welding Fabrication Team, John Stratz, left, Mason Hart and Kyle Alexander, won Gold for the second year in a row during the SkillsUSA State Championships in Phoenix.Courtesy Photo

Mingus Union High School sent 40 students to compete against 900 competitors during the SkillsUSA State Championship in Phoenix April 19-20.

The Mingus students competed in nine of the 70 skills and leadership competitions. In the skill categories, Mingus students competed in photography, radio production, graphic design, technical drafting, welding and welding fabrication. In the leadership categories Mingus had students in job interview, job skill demonstration and prepared speech.

The Welding Fabrication team - made up of John Stratz, Kyle Alexander and Mason Hart - won Gold for the second year in a row. Winning the gold qualifies the team to represent Arizona at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skill Conference in Kansas City, Mo. June 20 - 25.

This will be the fabrication team's second trip to compete at the national level.

Sophomore Jordan Schriner, competed in welding for the first time and won a bronze medal for prepared speech. Also in his first year of competition, junior Elias Luna, in both the C.A.D. and engineering programs at Mingus, won a silver medal in the difficult category of technical drafting.

-Philip Wright

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