Welding Competition Draws Nationwide Talent

Tulsa, OK – March 28, 2011 – There were over 900 people in attendance as Tulsa Welding School (TWS) hosted their annual welding competition Saturday, Feb. 26, giving interested students the opportunity to get into the growing field of professional welding. Bo Meier of Coal City HS, Coal City, Illinois came in first place, beating out 230 other participants from 18 states to earn the grand prize of a full tuition scholarship to TWS. Eric Boudreau of Gardner South HS, Gardner, Illinois came in second, winning a half scholarship to TWS and Adam Burroughs of Republic HS, Republic, Missouri came in third place winning a quarter tuition scholarship. In addition, the winning students received auto-darkening welding hoods and other gifts.
Every contestant was given a 6″ x 6″ box to complete within one hour. Everyone had the same project and same time frame in which to complete the project. A total of $149,660 in scholarships and prizes were awarded to the competing students who were judged by members of the American Welding Society (AWS). All participants were awarded a $500 scholarship.
During the event, attendees and their families were able to tour the TWS campus, speak to admissions  representatives and attend demonstrations by TWS faculty and welding industry experts. A number of sponsors and vendors including Lincoln Electric, Airgas and 3M were on hand for students to speak with and try welding and safety equipment, as well as employers to speak with about opportunities in the industry.
This is the first year the event was open to the public, and the day was a success for the competitors, the sponsors and Tulsa Welding School.
The annual competition is open to high school seniors who are currently taking a welding class in high school or at a vocational technical school. For more information on this or any other program, please call Tulsa Welding School at 888-765-5555.
About Tulsa Welding School:
Tulsa Welding School has been producing welders for over 60 years. With campuses in both Tulsa, Okla. and Jacksonville, Fla. TWS has Master Welder program graduates from every state in the U.S. and graduates work in a variety of industries throughout the world.Our dedicated staff has developed a largely hands-on curriculum that incorporates real world training and produces Master Welder graduates in just 7 months. TWS provides every student with a support team that is dedicated to their success. This includes financial aid assistance (to those who qualify), housing support, temporary job assistance and career services assistance.