On Thursday, May 2, Randolph-Roanoke Career Technology Center hosted the 2nd Annual Line Worker Rodeo at Kiwanis Park in Wedowee.
This year 16 students competed in ground events and utility pole climbing events. Tallapoosa River Electric Cooperative and AT&T sent representatives to judge the events. Handley High School junior Mason Lemonds placed first in the ground competition, and HHS senior Jaron Nunn won the climbing competition.
All competitors received prizes donated by Walmart of Roanoke, Tallapoosa River Electric Cooperative, Randolph County Co-op, Meadows Farm Supply, AT&T and Bubba Smith of Gresco. "It takes a lot of people working together to make this event possible. It is a fantastic way to showcase all the skills students have gained in the utility line worker program this year," said Christy Fordham, career and technical education director.
Utility line worker instructor David Daniel added, "We are especially thankful for the support of the Coosa Valley Regional Conservation and Development Committee. We were able to purchase steel-toed boots for students with the money from the grant managed by Christy Cochran and the committee."
The utility line worker program began in the 2016-17 school year under the direction of Daniel. The goal is to become a pipeline for high school students to go directly into a job at TREC, Alabama Power or another utility company immediately after graduation. Students in grades 10 through 12 are eligible to enroll in this program at RRCTC.