High 5 4 Kids: Preston Kitchings

High 5 4 Kids: Preston Kitchings

HEPHZIBAH, GA (WFXG) - He's representing the Richmond County School System in a big way.

This week's High 5 4 Kids honoree, Preston Kitchings, is now the reigning State Sheet Metal Champion.

"Anything I get into, I try to throw my 110 percent into. I mean anything I do, I drive towards getting the best results," Preston said.

Preston is a junior at Hephzibah Comprehensive High School.

"He has an amazing drive, very talented young man, a lot of motivation, far as doing this type of work," Preston's teacher, Trey Holden, said. "He likes it, he gets it, hopefully it'll take him a long way in life."

Three years ago, Preston took an interest in welding, sheet metal and machine work.

And an interest that started as a project has now spiraled into a hobby and possible career.

"He's really taken off," Holden said. "He did a little bit of the welding, a little of the sheet metaling, he really like the sheet metal. And I saw the desire for him and his attention for detail. And I felt that he would be a good next competitor."

Preston is fortunate enough to win first place at the state level of the Sheet Metal Championship contest two years in a row.

And on top of putting most of his time and efforts into his craft, Preston is also hitting the books even harder.

"I don't know if ya'll know it already, but he's going to be the Valedictorian of his class," Holden said.

"It's really unbelievable to be honest," Preston said. "That I could be the top rank out of all of my classmates. It took a lot of hard work and determination, but it shows that anything is possible if you set your mind to it."

Preston will advance to the Skills USA National Conference which will be in Louisville, Ky., in June.

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