Sp. Fork stu­dent wins big in weld­ing com­pe­ti­tions

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

Nebo School Dis­trict stu­dent Kaitlin Hal­lam was hon­ored by Bryan Kwapis from Miller Elec­tric at a re­cent Nebo School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing for her ac­com­plish­ments in state and na­tional weld­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

For the third year in a row, Kaitlin won the Utah State Fair’s Weld­ing and Fab­ri­ca­tion con­test. She de­signed and fab­ri­cated a trailer each year in the Span­ish Fork High School weld­ing pro­gram and uti­lized the skills she learned in the class­room to cre­ate three large cus­tom trail­ers.

Each trailer was de­signed to in­crease her skill level in the process. The trail­ers in­cluded a stan­dard 18-foot flatbed the first year, which earned her a win in the Utah Val­ley Weld­ing Expo and then the Utah State Fair. The sec­ond year, Kaitlin de­signed and built a 16-foot elec­tric over hy­draulic dump trailer and re­ceived a per­fect score at the state com­pe­ti­tion. This past year, Kaitlin fab­ri­cated a 32-foot elec­tric over hy­draulic tilt deck, goose neck equip­ment trailer and won the Sweep­stakes at the Utah State Fair once again.

Kaitlin and her sis­ter, Al­li­son, have to­gether won the State Weld­ing Fab­ri­ca­tion Com­pe­ti­tion for five straight years, giv­ing Span­ish Fork High School some de­served recog­ni­tion. Both girls credit their teacher, Shaun Black, for their ac­com­plish­ments in the weld­ing field.

The Hal­lam sis­ters con­sider Black to be one of the best in the field of weld­ing and teach­ing. They said that with­out Black’s vision of what is pos­si­ble and his con­stant en­cour­age­ment to step out of their com­fort zone and ac­com­plish more, they would not have been to win these awards.

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