Campbell County Students Take On Tech Battle Day
Together they make a pretty good team, they admitted. Standing in a group in Ag education teacher Kristi Holum’s tech classroom on Wednesday afternoon, seniors Creed Carlson, Maggie Hoff, Evan Wieburg, and Brendan Cundall put their welding masks on and got to work.
The four will be competing together Friday as Team Ag IV at Tech Battle Day against hundreds of other students from across the region and state for $10,000 in scholarships and prizes.
Along with being able to decipher welding and hydraulic schemata’s, they’ll have to show proficiency in welding, diesel, machine tool, and industrial electricity in a series of hands-on challenges and tests.
They each bring a pretty good skill base to the team, they said. Maggie, who is the daughter of an electrician, is excellent with numbers and a pretty darn good welder, too. She plans to study ag engineering. Evan, who plans to study welding after high school, is eager to put his skills to the test. While Brendan, who plans to be a striker mechanic in the Army and join the elite Rangers, while Creed plans to study ranch management and return to the family ranch.
This will be the first time these students are competing both in the competition and as a team, Holum said, but she’s confident that they’re going to do awesome on Friday, particularly Maggie, who is one of her few female students in the program, a number, which Holum hopes to see rise in the coming years as more girls take an interest in the trade skills.
“Girls make better welders,” Holum said, “because they have better hand-eye coordination.”
In the meantime, she smiled proudly at her team as they finished their practice welds and talked strategy for Friday. It’s the perfect way to celebrate national CTE (career and technical education) month, she noted, and will be close on hand Friday to watch her students put their hard-earned skills to great use.