HELENA – Heavy metal has always been popular with high school kids – but at Helena High School on Wednesday night, it had nothing to do with music.
The Bengals welding class held its 15th annual metal sculpting show Wednesday, giving the students a chance to show off some pieces they have worked on this year.
It’s a fun skill set that can serve them long after high school.
“I just like those hands-on, just constantly being there, having fun,” said Helena High American Welding Society Club Vice President Dillon Ostberg. “If you mess up, you can always just find a way to work around it or make it better.”
“I like to build stuff and I like to know how to do something besides just sit around on a computer,” added AWSC President Colin Beatty. “I like to actually make the decisions about what I’m going to build and do it hands-on. There is always work out there. There is always jobs out there that are looking for guys to come weld for them.”
The students also held a raffle, auctioning off some of their pieces to help raise $277 for injured Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer, who is currently recovering in a Utah hospital after being shot in the line of duty in March.
-Reported by Andy Curtis/MTN News