Kids today get a bad rap in general.  Lazy, bullying, vaping, theft, you name it.  Well, it's nice to see a Mandan High School student going viral with something positive.

Damion Davenport didn't know a lot about welding when he started taking his Intro to Welding class. Now, he's getting recognized for not only his skill, but his patriotism as well.

Grinding and welding can be hard work, but Davenport says it allows him to express himself in the metal.

Grinding and welding can be hard work, but Davenport says it allows him to express himself in the metal.

"It's nice because you can kind of like, do your own thing. You can create some cool stuff," says Davenport.

"They get to use their imagination, they get to use their creativity, they get to be up, walking around their classroom. They get to socialize," says Luke Mellmer, welding teacher.

With Mellmer's instruction Davenport has been able to make metal American flags. The Mandan Public School District posted a picture to its Facebook page, and soon enough, that post got nearly 600 shares, about 2,000 reactions and was seen by more than 130,000 people.

"It's kinda different. I've never really had that much attention before, but it's cool," says Davenport.

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