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Winget places first at RLC Welding Contest, $13k given in Academic Awards‏

Forty-one local high school students competed in Rend Lake College’s 2016 Welding Contest Friday morning, with ten scoring high enough to receive prizes. A total of $13,000 in Academic Awards was given to the top students to attend RLC’s program in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

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Luke Winget (Mulkeytown), CENTER, of Christopher High School placed first in the 2016 RLC Welding Contest. He received an Academic Award to attend RLC’s program in the fall and a welding hood. Also pictured is Chris Nielsen, Dean of Applied Science and Technology, LEFT, and Pete Wilce, Welding Associate Professor, RIGHT.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Taking first place was Luke Winget (Mulkeytown), representing Christopher High School. The remaining top ten places went to the following students: Josh Bays (Christopher) in second, Alex Cavinder (Christopher) in third, Izec Clark (Mulkeytown) in fourth, Logan Smith (Benton) in fifth, Michael Hoffman (Mulkeytown) in sixth, Timothy Brinkley (Norris City) in seventh, Terrance Arnold (Fairfield) in eighth, Emily Lusby (Bluford) in ninth, and Bradley Manning (Bluford) in tenth.

For more information about RLC’s Welding Program, visit or contact the Applied Science and Technology Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1272 or [email protected] .