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“It was a close competition,” said Career Center’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Instructor Dwight McDuffie of his “excellent students.”
The Newberry County Career Center’s Justin Frick and Justin Weatherford competed and placed in a statewide competition for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Weatherford placed first and was also the state champion for HVAC at the competition. He is the son of Ronnie and Lisa Weatherford of Prosperity.
Frick placed third in the competition and is the son of Scott and Candy Frick of Little Mountain.
Weatherford and Frick were among other competitors from Career Centers in the state.
The young men had to perform various projects for the competition which included: troubleshooting of HVAC circuits, repairing broken parts and troubleshooting them, project layouts and charging the system.
McDuffie said that the boys wanted to go and competed and proved that they could go.
They are also both members of a national student workforce group, Skills U.S.A.
Weatherford will go on to compete in the national HVAC competition in Kansas City, Mo.