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WHS Welder Fabricates Bumper


Sienna stands by her truck.

'Tis the season for giving. Wylie High School senior Sienna Whitaker is giving her pickup truck, Petunia, a custom-made bumper this holiday season. 

The best gifts are those that are hand-made and that’s certainly what Whitaker has been up to in her Practicum in Manufacturing class (advanced welding) this term.

First, she created an exact replica of the bumper she planned to make out of cardboard. Then, over the next few months, she manually cut each piece and welded them together to assemble the bumper.

 Sienna holds her cardboard cutout.

“My dad helped me with some of the planning,” Whitaker said. “He’s really good at geometry.” 

Whitaker has just completed her welding project.

“It was easier to make than I thought it would be,” she said.

Sienna works on project.

Besides working on her bumper during her fifth and sixth period double-blocked class, she also spent many hours working at home, on weekends and even during lunch.

This is the senior’s second year of welding. Students in the Practicum class must choose a “big” project to build each year.

Sienna poses for photo.

Whitaker impressed her welding teacher, Michael Whitfield, with her attention to detail and fabrication work.

“She’s a super hard worker,” Whitfield said. “She’s been to competitions where they even speak highly of her.”

Whitaker has won various competitions in ag mechanics.

Sienna looks at welding instructor.

“She kicked the snot out of the boys!” Whitfield said. “Seeing Sienna work on this project is what makes me want to be where I'm at. I want to see future generations not just building barbecue pits, but building bigger projects.”

Wylie ISD remains committed to providing courses and opportunities that enhance the student learning experience. Career & Technical Education offerings, such as welding, allow students to discover their passions and find success beyond high school.