Why Griffin was nominated: Griffin’s nominator stated, “Griffin is extremely motivated to be the best at every task that is put in front of him. Griffin also has great soft skills and character traits that allow him to remain calm and focused even during adversity. I truly believe that it is the sum total of these skills and traits that will propel him into a bright future.”
As a senior in high school, he is proficient in SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, and FCAW welding processes with multiple materials, as well as OSHA 10 Certified. His drive and motivation is unmatched and is evidenced by his attendance to school even when school has been cancelled. Griffin is constantly trying to polish his skills outside of the classroom through various welding projects.
Griffin’s achievements include representing his school’s welding program at the state SkillsUSA welding competition, finishing 4th out of 260 at the Tulsa Welding Competition in Jacksonville, FL, exemplary Attendance (he even attends optional trainings on his days off) and being nominated as his school’s Welding Student of the Year in 2019. Griffin is also an active leader in the school’s marching band, and a member of the All-Region Band and Beta Club.
In his own words: “I have been in my welding program for the last 3 years and have excelled in the course staying ahead of the other students. I competed in the Tulsa Welding competition in Jacksonville, FL and received 4th place out of more than 200 competitors. I participate in multiple extracurricular activities at my school such as Beta Club, Science National Honors Society, and Marching Band. I am a member of SkillsUSA and National Technical Honors Society at my Career and Technology Center. I received the award for Welding Student of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year.”