Elton and Graham take top places at meet

Alastair Baker
News Editor 

Photo by Alastair Baker - Red Lodge sophomore Jay Graham and freshman Ruff Elton.

Red Lodge freshman Ruff Elton, and Jay Graham, sophomore, took 1st and 2nd places at the State SkillsUSA competition at MSU-Northern in Havre recently. 

The two students competed in the Basic Welding section against 37 other students from approximately 35-40 schools. The competitors had two hours to complete 8 different types of welds. 

Elton and Graham were two of the last to finish, taking about an hour to complete their assignments.  

“I felt confident and thought we’d be decent,” said Graham. 

Red Lodge High School Industrial Arts teacher Justin Elton said, “They did a great job.” 

Elton and Graham have had 200 hours of instructions in welding.



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