Welding student competing with horse sculpture

John Thompson • Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 9:33 PM

ELIZABETHTON – A welding sculpture of a Tennessee walking horse, made from scrap vehicle parts will compete for a gold medal in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky., on June 25-29.

The horse sculpture was made by welding student Michael Peterson of Hampton. Peterson is a welding student at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton.

Peterson is one of five students from the Elizabethton school who will be competing in the SkillsUSA national competition. The other TCAT-Elizabethton students who will be competing in Louisville will include:

• Samuel Lyons of Carter County, who is competing in information technology services.

• Austin Dowell and Austin Houser of Johnson County and Charles Sergent of Sullivan County, who developed a cavitation water heater.

All five of the students received gold medals in state competition in Chattanooga on March 18-21 and earned a berth to compete in national competition.

For additional information on all workforce development training programs that take 12 to 20 months to complete at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton, call 423-543-0070 or visit www.tcatelizabethton.edu.

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