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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.

Photo by Pete Hansen Photography

A new com­pe­ti­tion had high school stu­dents cre­at­ing their trike de­signs and then rac­ing them on April 18.

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