The skills competition–EPD Rodeo–tested students on six events: Egg Climb, Fill and Carry, Fuse Change Out, Obstacle Climb and Insulator Change, Weighted Hand Line and Bell Run. The events tested the competitors on climbing, speed, strength and fluidity.
The Bell Run event–the Grant Peterson Memorial Bell Run–was in honor of Grant Peterson, a Moraine Park EPD graduate who was killed in a car accident in Dec. 2022. Peterson graduated from the program in May 2022 and began his career at WE Energies. He was passionate about his job and loved competition. His mother, Kirstin Peterson, and siblings attended the EPD Rodeo event.
Over 70 students competed from Moraine Park Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Northcentral Technical College and Blackhawk Technical College. Industry leaders from Alliant Energy, Madison Gas & Electric, Menasha and Waunakee Utilities, Michels Power, and former EPD instructors served as judges.
“The weather and rain delays we experienced are what the students will have to deal with when they get into the field,” Cathy Brendemihl, administrative assistant of trades at Moraine Park, said. “If anything, the storms gave them a realistic look of what they can expect when they graduate from the program, and it was a great experience for all.”
The event was made possible through various industry sponsors including Michels Power, Inc., G.E.T. Utility Sales, Bashlin Tools, Buckingham Tools, Alliant Energy and WE Energies.
Congratulations to all who placed!
1st; Arden Ziert, NTC
2nd; Joeseph Lee, MATC
3rd; Evan Guralski, NTC
4th; Connor Opdahl, BHTC
1st; Josh Bitsky, MPTC
2nd; Arden Ziert, NTC
3rd; Cole Flood, MPTC
4th; James Bohn, MPTC
Fill and Carry
1st; Sam Vetter, MATC
2nd; Jon Golner, MPTC
3rd; Chase Kurczek, MPTC
4th; Cole Flood, MPTC
Weighted Hand Line Lift (team of 2)
1st; Josh Davies and Chase Kurczek, MPTC
2nd; Nathan Berrios and Michael Blasier, MATC
3rd; Ross Elmhorst and Eric Guzman, NTC
4th; Brody Koosmann and Dane Kunisiak, NTC
Fuse Change Out
1st; Dalton Jones, MPTC
2nd; Drew Sadowski, MPTC
3rd; Michael Blasier, MATZ
4th; Nick Lofy, MPTC
1st; Keegan Anderson, MATC
2nd; Dalton Jones, MPTC
3rd; Taylor Franzen, MPTC
4th; Matt Hults, MATC