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Students create metal artwork

Welding students became trophy builders. Using leftover metal parts found scattered around the ag shop, the Princeton High School welding students used these to create the trophies for the Onion Festival car show. 

Carrying on a tradition that started with previous welding classes, the students used creative license to make trophies that had an artistic flair with one-of-a-kind designs.

With 20 categories for the car show, the welders needed to build a trophy for each winner.

“We made this a class project for the Onion Festival,” welding teacher Rowdy Akins said.

According to the students, they had free reign to design the trophies.

“I was looking for parts that would that would fit well together and stick,” said Tyler Boyd, who built a bulk of this year’s trophies. “It was fun to see how they all turned out. Each one is unique.”

For several students in this class, welding is more than just creating cool projects, it has become a career path.

Two of the chief designers of last year’s metal prizes are both headed to Tulsa Welding School two weeks after graduation to continue further training for their career.

Onion Festival car show trophies. “I got into welding because my brothers joined the class,” said J.D. Allaman said. “It’s turned out to be a good choice for me.”

Andrew Ramos agreed.

“My grandfather and great-grandfather all welded,” Andrew said. “My great-grandfather was an ag teacher and taught welding, and he really got me into it. I could see it was a good job for me.”

Neither of the students pursuing a welding career seem worried about their futures.

“There’s good money in this field,” Andrew said. “We may have to move to New Mexico to work on a pipeline or southern Texas, but I like the idea. And Tulsa will definitely help find me the perfect welding job.”