Friday, April 12th 2019

Five high school students earn KC scholarships, prizes at welding contest

Jose Landin from Longview High School earned the top prize April 12 at the fourth annual High School Welding Contest at Kilgore College.

The contest, sponsored by the KC Welding Technology program and the KC Welding Club, had high school students competing from 10 area school districts.

Landin won a $1,500 KC scholarship thanks to Eastman Chemical Company, a $1,000 scholarship from District 17 of the American Welding Society, a Miller welding machine cutting rig and a Miller welding mask.

Second place in the contest was David Luna from Pittsburg High School, winning a $1,500 KC scholarship thanks to Saulsbury Industries, an ESAB welding hood and a Victor torch-cutting rig.

Luis Castro from Longview High School earned third place, winning a $1,000 KC scholarship thanks to General Dynamics/SATCOM and a Harris torch-cutting set.

Fourth place was awarded to Charli Marcantel from Kilgore High School, winning a $500 KC scholarship thanks to the KC Welding Club and a Miller Elite welding hood.

Marvin Cruz from Longview High School earned fifth place, winning a Lincoln welding hood.

Instructors Cody Edwards and Evan Radulescu teach Welding Technology at KC.

For more information on the KC Welding Technology program, visit

PHOTO FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Michael George (representative from Gas & Supply), Jose Landin, David Luna, Luis Castro, Charli Marcantel and Marvin Cruz.

Participating school districts:

  • Cushing
  • DeKalb
  • Douglass
  • Henderson
  • Longview
  • Mount Enterprise
  • Pittsburg
  • Sabine
  • Tatum
  • White Oak

Sponsors for the event:

  • Gas & Supply
  • General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • ESAB Welding & Cutting
  • Harris Product Group
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Miller Electric, Hobart, ITW
  • Saulsbury Industries
  • Service Steel & Pipe, Inc.