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Students at Ogden-Weber Among Winners of Victor "Rulers Of The Flame"

Winning projects in the Victor Ruler of the Flame student contest included this fire pit from Ogden-Weber Technical College.

Victor, an ESAB brand, has announced the winners in its Rulers of the Flame oxy-fuel student contest. Students from a total of six schools participated in two categories-either a team fabrication project or an essay competition-centered on the Rulers of the Flame contest theme.

The individual winners are Joshua Doyle from Springfield Clark Career Technology Center, Springfield, OH (Instructor Brian Sheward); Kyle Hiener from Oxarc Welding School, Spokane, WA (Instructor Andrew Delateur); and Elizabeth Chaney from Carroll County Career & Technology Center, Westminster, MD, (Instructor Michael Schweinsberg).

Winning students described how oxy-fuel processes (cutting, heating, welding, brazing) and working with oxy-fuel equipment has shaped their character, affected their daily lives or the lives of others, influenced something they are passionate about and will empower their future careers.

The team winners hail from: Iron Workers 40 and 361 Training Center, Astoria, NY, students are Sandy Matos, Anthony Larkin, Anastasiya Grishkevich and Mark Thomas; Rockland BOCES, West Nyack, NY, students are Thomas McKenna, Tyler Moore, Kevin Onderdonk, Robert Shields and Robert Himelfarb; and Ogden-Weber Technical College, Ogden, UT, students are Darby McClelland, Michael Oakes, Colby Marker and Christopher Oakes.

Winning projects were, respectively, Stairway to Success, inspired by artist M.C. Escher's famous Relativity staircase, that was cut into a twisted I-beam; King of the Mountain, appropriately named for a impressive off-road truck climbing an I-beam mountain; and The Fire Pit, an elaborate hexagonal show of flames.

Each winning team member and individual essay winner member took home a $250 cash prize in addition to a Victor Medalist 350 Outfit, while each school associated with the winners received a cutting and welding package valued at more than $8,400. The package included:

  • Two Victor Journeyman EDGE 2.0 Outfits and an assortment of Victor tips for cutting various thicknesses of metal
  • One Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 60i Manual Plasma System
  • One ESAB Rebel EMP 235ic Welding System
  • Two Sentinel helmets
  • Six pairs of MIG gloves and six pairs of TIG gloves.

    "Victor continues to partner with schools and industry to promote technical education and careers. The critical role they play cannot be overstated," said Bill Wehrman, Global/North American Marketing Communications at ESAB. "The Rulers of the Flame student contest encourages students to realize the benefits of technical education, acquire skills that lead to good careers and foster the sense of pride crafts people feel for a job well done."

    For more information contact:

    ESAB Welding & Cutting Products

    256 Midway Drive

    Union, SC 29379

    800-ESAB-123 / 864-466-0921

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