Reese earns top honor at RLC Welding competition


Welding Competition

INA, Ill. (April 30, 2021) – Several local high school students participated in the Rend Lake College Annual Welding Contest, with five scoring high enough to receive prizes.

Academic awards were given to the top students to attend the RLC welding program in the Fall 2021 semester. In addition to the academic awards, winners receive gloves, and the first place finisher -- Jonathan Reese of Christopher -- received a welding helmet.

Click on the images for larger views. Winners are pictured with RLC Welding Instructor Mikey Meinert and Welding Professor Pete Wilce.

For more information about the RLC Welding Program, visit or contact the Applied Science and Technology Division at 618-437-5321 extension 1272.


First place

Jonathan Reese, Christopher High School, first place and $500 Academic Award


Second place

Noah Hamson, Mt. Vernon Township High School, second place.


Third place

Adrian Ratojczyk, Christopher High School, third place


Fourth place

Kyle Kondoundis, Christopher High School, fourth place


Fifth place

TJ Willis, West Frankfort High School, fifth place


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