JCJC welding students win Hammerhead 500

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2015-05-13 19:33:57

ELLISVILLE – A special class project turned into a big win for a team of Jones County Junior College welders.  The team of four students, Jared Revette of Raleigh, Ethan Wimberley of Myrick, Matt Arender of Raleigh and Nestor Castro of Laurel brought home the Hammerhead 500 winner’s trophy and some cash with the “car” they created.  
“This car was designed and built in the JCJC welding shop at the Ellisville campus by students,” said Rod Tolbert, JCJC welding instructor, race coach and Industrial Services Division Chair. “The car was made out of a steel square tubing frame with an aluminum body. This is a fun project that the students look forward to each year because the welding students get some great fabrication experience as well as the satisfaction of winning.”
JCJC students not only won first place in the college division at the Hammer Head 500 in Bay Springs after being unsuccessful in last year’s competition, but they also beat out a big competitor: Mississippi State University.
Jared Revette said the win was extra special beating MSU.  However, the experience was even more important. “This was a great opportunity for us to learn multiple fabrication techniques, which are skills that will help us in the workforce.”
The Bobcat team also earned third place in the Open Division of the annual Brick Street Derby with the car that had to be less than 500 pounds and no more than 12 feet long or 5 feet wide.  The re-engineered Bobcat car earned the team $300 for first place.


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