Monroe High School Takes First Place in Annual JunkYard Wars Competition

May 20, 2022


Blackhawk Technical College’s Welding program hosted its annual JunkYard Wars on Friday, an event where high school students use welding to create art from junk. This year’s theme was “School Mascots.”

Teams from 15 area high schools competed in person at Blackhawk’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton. After going through safety training, teams selected pieces of metal from a large junk pile and started their creations. From what appears to be ruins, the teams each create a masterpiece and compete for prizes donated by local manufacturers and suppliers.

The event was widely supported by industry partners who generously donated giveaways and prizes for the participants. Thank you to all who donated!

2022 JunkYard Wars Results:

1st place: Monroe High School (Cheesemakers)
Chris Giasson
Alex Sutter
Uriel Avendano
Ashton Kundera
Dan Saunders (Instructor)


2nd Place: Beloit Memorial (Knights)
Raven Regenold
Jacob Brown
Reid Stadelman
McGregor Mayes


3rd Place: Janesville Parker (Vikings)
Trevor Stluka
Owen Vogel
Jackson Ryan
Drexel Norman
Kirke Utecht (Instructor)

The schools that participated were Janesville Craig, Beloit Turner, Monroe, Evansville, Clinton, Edgerton. The Lincoln Academy, Belleville, RUHS, Beloit Memorial, Janesville Parker, Milton, Lakeside Lutheran High School, TAGOS Leadership Academy and Arise Virtual Academy. 
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