Pioneer Boat Sold

Pioneer Boat Sold
Pioneer Boat and trailerThe Pioneer Boat, built by the Omak High School welding class, has sold for $14,000.

What began as sheets of aluminum in the Omak welding class in September is now cruising on a lake in July.

The first “Pioneer Boat” was completed by students in May, then sent to D&D Auto for painting, to Heatstroke for graphics and to North 40 on display for a few weeks. The district accepted sealed bids until July 7. Bid were opened July 11, and the 18.5-foot boat was sold for $14,000. The funds will be set aside for the welding program (next project to be determined) as well as scholarships for students attending trade or vocational schools after graduation.

Instructor Wayne Barrett had built several other boats with students in other schools, but this was a first for Omak. He was also the CTE Director last school year.

The Career-Technical classes at Omak High School also include woodshop, theater tech, business education and more, with several taking on projects within the community.

“You give kids the opportunity to do not only community service, but real-world application to the skills they are learning,” Barrett said of the projects.

Several students in the program intend to move into the technical trades as a future career.

Along the way, several other businesses helped keep the costs down to students, such as E-Z Loader in Spokane, which sold them the boat trailer at a huge discount. Other discounts came from LFS Marine and Outdoors, OxArc and Pacific Metals (Spokane). Diebel’s Welding helped with supplies and some of the bending.

PHOTO: Students Jonathon Walker and Israel Escamilla pose with North 40 managers.

students with North 40 staff and boat