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A Cairo High School student has won first place in a welding contest two years in a row at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie.
Tanner Todd won the large welding project contest, which is sponsored by Farm Credit. In this competition, projects must measure 3’-1” to 6’-0” in height, length and width. The student’s work must be completed at his or her school and is judged at the Ag Expo and placed on display at the annual event.
Entries are judged based on workmanship, finish, design, strength, usefulness and suitability.
This is the third year in a row that a C.H.S. student has won the first place blue ribbon. Zack Watkins won the first place prize two years ago.
In addition to the ribbon, Todd was awarded a $100 cash prize.
“This is the second year that Tanner has won the ag mechanics large project contest. I am extremely excited for him and his success. We also congratulate our agriculture instructor, Ms. Robbie Harrison, for encouraging Tanner as an F.F.A. member, and Mr. Mark Starr, our welding instructor, for being willing to collaborate with the agriculture group to ensure that a quality project is produced. Tanner is a great C.T.A.E. student, and his skills and desire to be successful are the things that have helped him be successful again this year,” said Cairo High School College and Career Academy C.E.O. Todd Gainous.
“Tanner is a student that we love to teach. He understands the value of a good day’s work and is always willing to put in a maximum effort. I am proud of him and his success these last two years and who knows, maybe he can win it again next year,” said C.H.S. welding instructor Mark Starr.
Tanner, a junior at C.H.S., is the son of Darin Todd and Donna Mash.
The C.H.S. students competed against nearly 100 other projects from students all over the southeastern United States.