Last night, I attended the Awards Ceremony for the 4th District Apprentice Contest held at Steamfitters Pipefitters Local 455. The categories were HVAC, Pipefitter, Plumber, Sprinklerfitter, and Welder. The winner in each of the categories will go on to a national competition that will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan in August. There are eleven states that come under the 4th District.
The Robert Donatelle Award went to Carter Hagen. This award was established in 2010 to honor a member who placed great emphasis on training.
The presenters said this group represents the future. While it took years for many of the current officials to reach their leadership positions, the dynamics of our society today will mean the younger members will be advancing at a much faster pace than did their predecessors.