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Kaitlin Hallam: Welding Her Way to Success

By Shaun Black, CTE welding instructor at Spanish Fork High School

In the welding classes I teach at Spanish Fork High School there are multiple opportunities to be proud as an educator. As, student and FFA member, Kaitlin Hallam progressed through the class welding and cutting assignments she realized that she wanted a challenge. She approached me with the idea to make a trailer. With her motivation and enthusiasm for the welding course I assured her it would be achievable and that is exactly what she did. Kaitlin’s trailer ended up being an 18’, dual 7500 lb. axle, flatbed utility trailer. From the design to the last coat of paint she did an excellent job! The trailer was a very sound and professional grade build. This trailer was beyond any high school level project. Kaitlin entered the trailer into several competitions and was well deserving of the awards that followed. She took 1st place at the Utah Valley University Welding Expo, 1st place in the Senior Division at the Utah County Fair, and was the winner of the Ag Mechanics exhibit at the Utah State Fair.

On February 12, 2014, Kaitlin was recognized by the Nebo School District Board for her accomplishments. At the meeting a representative from Lincoln Electric awarded Kaitlin a prize package valued over $500 that included a set of Lincoln tools, an auto darkening helmet, leather gloves, and a leather welding jacket and cap.

Left to right: Shaun Black, CTE welding instructor at Spanish Fork High School;
Kaitlin Hallam; Jason Hart, representative Lincoln Electric Company;
John DeGraffenried, Secondary Education Director at Nebo School District

It was my privilege to accompany Kaitlin to the Board meeting and at the same time promote the welding program in Nebo School District. Kaitlin is welding her way to success and is definitely college and career ready. Great job Kaitlin!

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