FLEMINGSBURG – Four Fleming County High School students won awards in welding at the Kentucky State Fair this past weekend, making it the eighth consecutive year.
“Some of these boys have summer jobs; working on the farm for long hours bailing hay, they’re putting in the extra work. We’re like a football team, we start practicing early and we practice after hours” said Robert Pease, who teaches at Fleming county high school.
All the hard work paid off this weekend when Senior Josh Gooding placed first, Senior Nick Jett placed second, Junior Isaac Maddox placed third and Junior Kalen Porter placed fourth, taking the top four spots.
“When July came we practiced two to four hours a day, two to three times a week for six weeks, to prepare for the state fair. Now we’re preparing for regionals in October. We wouldn’t be where we are now if it weren’t for Rick Hord who started the program, and the students prior to. Also, big thanks to Superintendent Brian Creaseman for believing in us, the new renovations allow us to keep up with the demand.”
Before the renovations the welding lab only had eight booths, now they have 21 booths which will allow the students to get more welding experience during class.
Not only is Mr. Pease teaching his students how to weld, he is also teaching them about the seven core Army values which include; loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
“I want these boys to be able to break out, to make something of themselves, and know their role in society,” he said.
This spring when Josh Gooding and Nick Jett graduate, they will be graduating with their American Welding Society SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education) Level one Certification.
After graduation they both plan on furthering their education through the Kentucky Welding Institute.