Independence High School Welding Team Competition
On February 28, 2012, the welding team from Independence High School (Billy Bankston, Seth Burkhalter, Josh Franklin, Dagean Hardy, and Welding Instructor, Dwayne Wascom) went to Greensburg for the FFA welding competition where they placed first and second. Billy Bankston and Seth Burkhalter took first and Josh Franklin and Dagean Hardy took second. Josh Franklin took first place overall. Seth Burkhalter took second and Billy Bankston took forth.
This event enabled them to go to the Area IV FFA competition at the ABC School, where Billy Bankston and Seth Burkhalter placed first, while Josh Franklin and Dagean Hardy took forth place. Seth Burkhalter and Billy Bankston tied for second and Josh Franklin took third in the overall.
On March 9, 2012, the Independence High School welding teams consisting of nine welders, five advanced and four beginners, went to a welding competition in St. Rose, Louisiana. Beginner welders were Scott Hendon, Jack Powell, Jesse Powell, and Ricky Lapine. Jack Powell took first place. Advanced welders were Josh Franklin, Dagean Hardy, Seth Burkhalter, Billy Bankston, and Korey Medders. Seth Burkhalter took second in advanced.
The Independence High School welding team brought home the Best Overall plaque for the second time in two years.
On March 29, 2012, the FFA welding team will return to the ABC School in Baton Rouge for the State FFA welding competition