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Dalton Thompson cuts a piece of wood for his cabinet. Thompson placed second at regionals and will be heading to state for the third time.

R.A. Long seniors Brian Jackson, Angelo Folz-Edwards, Nick Schoen, Dalton Thompson and junior Evan Seidl will be heading to Yakima in April for state woodshop competition.

The boys competed in regionals Feb. 12 after placing first through sixth making clocks at district competition.

At regionals, each competitor had five hours to make a cabinet and was judged on quality and detail. R.A. Long, Winlock, and Hockinson high schools competed, and the top six got to proceed to state.

Seidl placed first at regionals, Thompson second, Folz-Edwards third, Jackson fourth and Schoen fifth. The top three received medals.

"I think if I would have paid closer attention to what I was doing, I could have done better," Jackson said. "But I'm still proud of how I did."

Last year, R.A. Long sent Seidl, Jackson, and Folz- Edwards to state, where Jackson placed second and Folz-Edwards fourth.

The woodworkers will not know what they'll be making at state until the day of the competition, but they are getting anxious. This will be Dalton Thompson's third time going to state, and he even placed third his sophomore year.

"I think I did excellent at regionals, but I should have paid more attention to detail," Thompson said. "I'm excited for state, though, because it's always fun to hang out with friends."

He hopes to make it to nationals this year, which are held in Kansas City in June. R.A. Long has gone to nationals four times in the past and has plaques in the woodshop room to prove it.

Besides working in class, the boys also work on wood projects every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. for the adult class in the woodshop room.

"I like the adult class because you have more time to work on projects, and you get the privilege to work with more experienced woodworkers," Seidl said.

R.A. Long has consistently produced skilled and winning woodworkers. The school sends them off to state with good luck wishes and hopes for a ticket to nationals.

The five boys will be working hard in class and out, getting ready for state, where they hope to make R.A. Long proud.

"I have confidence that we will succeed and bring back the trophy," Seidl said.

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