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Lincoln-Way teacher wins national contest

Thanks in part to the entire Lincoln-Way community, students are receiving a prize package that will help prepare them for future welding apprenticeships and careers.
Thanks in part to the entire Lincoln-Way community, students are receiving a prize package that will help prepare them for future welding apprenticeships and careers.

Thanks in part to the entire Lincoln-Way community, students are receiving a prize package that will help prepare them for future welding apprenticeships and careers.

Earlier this month, Lincoln-Way instructor Daymon Gast was announced as the winner of the 2019 Miller Who’s Building You Contest and a prize package worth more than $30,000.  

Gast was nominated by 2018 Lincoln-Way graduate Codey Underwood, now a first year apprentice in the 597 Pipefitter program.

“He saw something in me that others did not, and he taught me how to persevere and to be successful at work, for this I am thankful,” Underwood wrote.

Underwood’s nomination was selected by Miller as one of the top three out of 459 submissions, and ultimately chosen as the winner by public voting.

Lincoln-Way will receive a Miller prize package that includes: one Miller WeldX jacket, six pairs of Miller MIG lined gloves, one Miller T94i welding helmet, one Miller ArcStation S-Series 30 welding station, one Miller AugmentedArc welding system, one Miller Dynasty 280 DX welder, and one Miller Multimatic 215.

Lincoln-Way currently offers three full years of welding classes at all three schools serving approximately 180 students. Gast is also a certified welding inspector, a certified welding educator and a certified welder through the American Welding Society so that he can provide the highest level of welding instruction available to his students.

For his part in the contest, Underwood also received a new welder, helmet, jacket, and welding gloves for his home shop.

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