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Hawk Classroom Highlight: Welding as an Art and a Career

Senior Luke Collins loves to weld. 


And he's very good at it. 


Luke has taken four years of Welding classes and has even earned credits through dual enrollment welding courses.  Luke, an honors student, could have graduated in December but chose to remain a high school student so he could take another semester of welding.  


And he has used his semester to both perfect his skill and craft his art!


Earlier this semester, Luke created a Blue Herron in cattails using the TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding process.  Isn't it stunning?

Luke Collins holds his blue heron sculpture      Close up of blue heron sculpture



His mom then asked for a palm tree.  So Luke went to work.  

Luke prepping the steel       The machinery cutting the steel    Palm leaves     Palm Leaves    Ready to hang the leaves     Palm Tree ready for leaves

Luke and his Palm Tree


 Luke's Palm Tree

Luke said his mom loves the tree and is very happy with how it turned out. 


Luke says his favorite part about welding is building things.  He loves seeing the final product of his hard work.  


After graduation, Luke plans on attending TCAT to study welding, and probably join a union and be a traveling welder.  Mr. Blancett reported that one day he hopes Luke (or any of his other students) returns to South Side to teach welding after he retires!  


Luke, we can't wait to see what else you create!  


Thank you to Mr. Blancett for giving our students this great opportunity to showcase their skills and talent.