High-School Students Face Off in Skills Competition

Welding, Carpentry, and Other Career-Related Skills Were Showcased

EVELETH, Minn. – A skills competition gave high school kids the chance to show off their talents in career–related fields…

Two-hundred-seventy students competed in thirteen different events including welding, carpentry, and nursing at Mesabi Range College.

The high-schoolers had the chance to win a lot of different prizes and medals for finishing in the top three of any competition.

“It’s a good activity. I mean, one day out of school you go and learn about a bunch of different stuff and just kind of apply yourself to something you maybe never done before,” says William Latimer, a senior at Grand Rapids High School who competed.

“Giving them an opportunity to show their skills,” says Mesabi Range staff member Kevin Langdon. “A lot of times students don’t have that opportunity that are interested in welding or carpentry or something like that. Maybe they’re interested in sports, that’s easy to show your skills in sports, but a lot of times there’s not a venue for kids to show off their skills that are interested in the trades.”

Mesabi Range officials hope this helps prepare the students for careers in the future.

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