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Lewis & Clark student wins Welding competition

Pictured:  Lewis & Clark Welding instructor Mark Besselman and senior Riley Doner with his trophyLewis & Clark Career Center & Howell High senior welding student Riley Doner finished in first place out of 175 competitors at a high school welding competition on January 27th at the Missouri Welding Institute in Nevada, Missouri.
The competition consisted of a written examination and a 90-minute hands-on welding portion, which consisted of upside-down, stick welding while laying on concrete. For winning first-place, Riley was awarded a $17,900 valued 24-week Master Pipe Welding and Fitting Course, a custom-painted Lincoln Electric Ranger 225 welder/generator (worth $6,000), an embroidered welding jacket, and a 1st place trophy.
Following graduation, Doner plans to cash in his award and attend Missouri Welding Institute with the goal of becoming a traveling pipe welder after graduation. In all, three Lewis & Clark students traveled to Nevada, located in western Missouri, to compete with students from multiple states.