Outside photo - Machining teachers Michael Critchelow (left) and Josh Walters (right) flank  5 GCHS machining students (two male on either side of female) in front of Kenny Whitworth Invitational Banner between two columns

GCHS Machining students took their skills to Breckinridge County this past weekend to compete in the Kenny Whitworth Invitational. This is the second year for the competition, held in memory of Whitworth Tool founder and dedicated supporter of the  Breckinridge Co. Area Technology Center and their Machine Tool program.

Students from Grayson, Breckinridge and Meade counties participated with two students representing one of three categories.

Two manual lathe and mill competitions required participants make a part to a blueprint. Hayden Larson and Daniel Bratcher represented GCHS in first-year Manual for students new to the program. Alex Skaggs and Layton Hawkins competed in the second-year Advanced Manual for students with more classes under their belt. Hawkins came away with the 3rd place finish.

There was also a CNC competition for students to use a blueprint to generate CAD and program a mill using Mastercam. Alexis Chino and Jake Rogers represented GCHS, with Rogers taking 2nd place in the event.

Thanks to the generosity of event sponsors, each school and all participants left with some amazing prizes to help them continue in the field of machine tool technology.