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Red Mountain welding students win Best in the West

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Red Mountain welding students, taught by Dan Hurst, won the Mesa Public Schools Best in the West invitational. Hurst, a veteran in the industry, is an expert in hands-on experience and real-world applications.

Students from Mesa’s six high schools, and two schools from outside the district, competed in the Mesa Public Schools Best in the West invitational at Mesa High. Each team constructed pallets used to transport air gas cylinders.

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At the Best in the West welding competition, Red Mountain High took first place in the team category. Freshman Hunter Williams captured first place in his classification and second place overall. Photo courtesy Mesa Public Schools

Dan Hurst teaches welding at Red Mountain High, and he coaches the winning Best in the West welding team. A 30-year professional in the industry, Hurst worked on many projects over the years. Aviation welding was his favorite.

Hurst retired with 25 certifications from the American Welding Society and began teaching beginning-through-advanced classes at Red Mountain High and Mesa Community College.

With Hurst’s experience in the industry, students benefit from learning welding theory and gaining practical hands-on experience, boosted by enrichment projects and real-world applications — a winning combination on a rewarding career path.

“Congratulations to Mr. Hurst and all of the welders who participated in the competition,” said David Marks, Red Mountain High’s assistant principal. “They continue to break new ground for Red Mountain and the welding program.”