A Crossett High School student won a state welding competition with a project he spent more than a week’s worth of active hours creating.
Chris Brisby is one of the CHS students who attends the the University of Arkansas at Monticello Crossett Technology Campus welding program that allows Crossett students interested in the trade of welding to start earning a welding certification while in high school.
Along with his instructor, Donnie Dubose, Brisby presented one of his class projects to the Crossett School Board Monday night, announcing that the project had won at the 2019 SkillsUSA welding art sculpture contest.
Brisby had welded a Crossett Eagle between the American flag and the Arkansas state flag, and was named state champion for his eagle sculpture. He will now go on to compete at the national level in Kentucky.
“These were Chris’s words, ‘I want to honor my school, my state and my country,’” Dubose said.
Brisby worked more than 200 hours on his welding project and now has high hopes of how it will do at the national level.
“For someone who doesn’t know a whole lot about welding, there is a lot of work here,” Dubose said.
The statue includes various types of welding, but Dubose said it could not be painted.
“We can’t paint, so what we did we blacked it out with acetylene smoke and sprayed polyurethane on it to get the black color,” Dubose said.
Brisby cut the flags that go around the eagle with a plasma torch and used a drill press to make the stars.
“He used multi processes here and I know the average person can’t appreciate that, but a lot of work went into this,” Dubose said.
Crossett Superintendent Gary Williams said the sculpture was one of the neatest things he’s ever seen and thanked Brisby for representing the district well.
Dubose said other students from Crossett High School also did well at the state competition.
Dillon Pence, a CHS senior, placed second in the state in high school pipe welding and Nick Anderson placed fourth in the state.
In addition, a Hamburg High School student won first place in the welding division, giving Ashley County two state champions.