The Kilgore College Welding Technology Program and the KC Welding Club hosted a welding contest April 29 that drew 69 students from 18 area school districts.

Longview High student earns bronze in KC welding contest

Sat Apr 30, 2016

KILGORE — Daniel Sanchez of Longview High School earned third place, winning a scholarship for the KC Welding Technology program and various prizes.

LHS Career & Technology Education director Brian Kasper said Sanchez is a diligent and hard-working student who, "will no doubt be successful in any area he applies himself."

"Daniel is a great young man and, though I know he would've liked to have have finished first, will continune to improve and develop his skills," he said. "He's an excellent representative of the high-caliber students we have at Longview ISD."

The top three winners of the contest received KC Welding Technology scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 and additional welding-related prizes.

Participating school districts were Alba Golden, Athens, Cushing, Eustace, Frankston, Hawkins, Henderson, Jefferson, Kilgore, Livingston, Longview, Marshall, Mount Enterprise, Paris, Rivercrest, Tarkington, Westwood and Woodville.

Sponsors for the event included Texas Eastman Chemical Co., Gas and Supply, ESAB, KC Welding Club, Miller Electric, Hobart, ITW, Lincoln Electric, Harris, D&D Industrial Welding Supply, Matheson Tri-Gas, Saulsbury Industries and Brookshire’s.

Welding Technology at KC is taught by Cody Edwards and Josh Bernethy. For more information on the KC Welding Technology Program, visit

Keith Spencer of Matheson Tri-Gas is shown with Tony Rojas, Kilgore ( first place); Allan Armstrong, Westwood ( second place); Daniel Sanchez, Longview (third place); Trent Waldo, Westwood ( fourth place); and KC welding instructor Cody Edwards on April 29 during the Kilgore College Welding Technology Program/KC Welding Club welding contest.