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On the morning of April 18, there was a new competition created that took place at Spanish Fork High School. All competitors were fabricators from the five surrounding Nebo School District welding classes. The idea behind this competition was to have students create, design, blue print and then fabricate their project to resemble their innovative ideas.
Mr. Black from SFHS wanted a competition that excited the students and he found just that idea. “It’s not easy to engage every student in every classroom, but the drift trike idea seemed to take off, especially once we started putting motors on them,” said Mr. Black. “The students were able to collaborate among team members and realize how effective a team can be when everyone gets involved. I think that every team worked effectively and at the end all of them could sit back and see the results of their work.” Mr. Massic from Maple Mountain High School said, “This is a awesome contest that helps students develop critical thinking skills and application of their new trade.”
On the day of the competition, there were 47 racers who attempted to navigate the go-kart-style track. Of these competitors, there were five administrators representing the schools from Nebo that were participating. Another 20 non-motorized participants showed off their trikes in multiple categories from workmanship to design entries that were judged. Also, for the non-motorized trikes, there was a ramp constructed where competitors could attempt to earn the “Freestyle” award, which was determined by the crowd.
Between motors running, good racing music playing, food trucks and a good crowd there to support the students from the welding classes, the competition was a success. The crowd enjoyed receiving Drift Trike memorabilia for answering the artist and title of the popular racing songs that played while the racers took to the track.
In the motorized category for the Drift Trike competition, John Hill from Salem Hills High School took first for the student race and Dave McKee from SFHS took first among the administrators. In the non-motorized categories, Tayton Hair, Gavin Jensen, Jayden Gabbitas and Jackson Stewart from SFHS took the Best of Show Award with their drift trike; Skylar Simpson from SHHS won the Best Design Award; Tell Orton, Baily Davis and Jordan Wolf from SFHS received the Best Workmanship honor; Cheyanne Justice, Rylee Peay, Jessica Jarvis and Brynn Dudek from SFHS won the Most Unique drift trike award; and the Freestyle event was won by Victor Tracy from SHHS.
This event was well attended and the welding instructors plan on having it again next year, but the event should become bigger due to the invitation of all the welding programs in the state. The students are looking forward to riding their drift trikes in the local parades.
A new competition had high school students creating their trike designs and then racing them on April 18.