Chattahoochee Technical College welding students excelled at the North Georgia Welding Competition sponsored by Xcel Strategies in Paulding County, placing first and second in the team project challenge, and first in the individual challenge. The competition was held Saturday, March 7, at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport.
The first-place team consisted of Chattahoochee Tech students Darrell Galloway, Davis Johnson, Tommy Mills and Spencer Vinson. The second-place team consisted of Riley Cagle, Justin Johnson, Sam Stevenson and Buddy Wolfe. A team from West Georgia Technical College placed third. Winning the individual competition was Chattahoochee Tech student Sarah Macedo. State Rep. Martin Momtahan delivered remarks at the awards presentation ceremony, and recognized Chattahoochee Tech welding instructor Jim Thomas for his outstanding efforts with the students.
Included among the local industries supporting this event were BLD Roll-Off Containers, Holston Gases, Lane Mechanical, Lincoln Electric, L & N Supply Company, Rado Mechanical Group, and Sidney Lee Welding Supply. Also featured at this event was the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) mobile welding lab.
Xcel Strategies Inc. is a mentoring network that founder and CEO Jay Thompson began eight years ago in Savannah. The Xcel Strategies 2020 welding competitions are family-friendly, community outreach events designed to highlight the value of welding and other essential trades, while also raising money for a local charity. “Xcel exists to fuel young men with purpose and passion to reach the fullness of their potential through a network of wise, seasoned, and trained mentors,” said Thompson.