June 14, 2005
Joel Stanley, representing Northern Penobscot Tech, Region III, Maine, is the official winner of the 2005 U.S. Open Weld Trials held at the American Welding Society's (AWS) 2005 AWS Welding Show.
Stanley's win earned him two gold medals and a $40,000 four-year scholarship sponsored by Miller Electric. He will represent the U.S. at the World Skills Competition in Helsinki, Finland. The competition is a biannual event in which young, skilled people compete in various trades and test themselves against international standards.