Wautoma SkillsUSA welder, Anastasia Dillenberg, advances to Nationals
The months of planning and preparing have paid off for Wautoma SkillsUSA welder, Anastasia Dillenberg, as she has earned herself a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, in June for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Wautoma Kiwanis presented Dillenberg with a scholarship to fund the trip to Nationals. Dillenberg put over 40 hours into the construction of her welded sculpture, a unique depiction of a dragon breaking through a wall. She beat out almost 50 other welders to earn the title of Wisconsin SkillsUSA champion in Welding Sculpture during the state competition held this April in Madison. For welding seniors, Colton Belfeuil and Jesus Duran, the ending to this year’s competition season is bittersweet. The two became friends as sophomores taking the welding classes offered to Wautoma High School students through Fox Valley Technical College. Both students earned their spots at the recent state competition through multiple wins at the district and regional levels. Belfeuil finished second overall in the state competition while Duran took fourth. The duo plans to continue their friendship as they move on to finish their schooling and pursue careers in the pipe trades. With Dillenberg as the sole returning leader for the club in the 2018-2019 school year, there will be new opportunities for younger welding students to step up and test their metal in SkillsUSA competition.