Welding contest

From left: Gas & Supply representative Michael George and students Jose Landin, David Luna, Luis Castro, Charli Marcantel and Marvin Cruz.

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

Jose Landin from Longview High School earned the top prize Friday 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 Kilgore College scholarship from 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 went to David Luna from Pittsburg High School. He won a $1,500 KC scholarship from Saulsbury Industries, an ESAB welding hood and a Victor torch-cutting rig.

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

Fourth place went to Charli Marcantel of Kilgore High School. She won a $500 KC scholarship from 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 Kilgore College.

Harmony students 1st in soil, water contest

A group of Harmony ISD students took first place in a recent soil and water conservation contest near Gilmer.

Students from Ore City ISD and New Diana ISD took second and third place, respectively in the Upshur-Gregg Soil and Water Conservation District-sponsored 2019 woodland Clinic April 5 at Eliot Dean’s farm.

Students also received individual scores on overall knowledge. Jose Lopez of Ore City placed first with an individual score of 84, Taylor Mahaffey of Harmony placed second with a score 83 and Katelyn Perryman of Harmony placed third posting an individual score of 82.

FFA groups from other area school districts also participated, including Avery, Gary, Gilmer, Marshall and White Oak. Students competed on their knowledge of management practices and techniques, along with their ability to identify plants and products.

The clinic aimed to emphasize the proper use of woodlands, to create an awareness and understanding of the value of properly managed woodlands as a renewable natural resource and to underscore the dependence on the soil for developing and managing commercial woodlands.

Junior Visual Art Scholastic Event

Pine Tree Junior High art students earned accolades at the annual Junior Visual Art Scholastic Event April 6 at Moore Middle Magnet School in Tyler. Twenty-two Pine Tree students attended the regional competition.

During the contest, students were interviewed with their art and received ratings of one to four in categories of research and application to work, executive and technique, use of elements and principles of art aesthetics and critical judgment and personal expression.

Students are placed in divisions based on the number of years in art at the middle/junior high school. Division 1 = 1 year, Division 2 = 2 years, Division 3 = 3 years and Division 4 = Advanced level Art 1 in which the student receives high school credit.

Pine Tree Junior High entered thirty pieces of art and three Pine Tree students received the highest rating of 4 and a platinum medal the regional event.

Platinum Winners

Evelin Montano (Middle School) — Division 1

Madalyn Scaggs — Division 2

Dulcie Troquille — Division 4

Pine Tree students who received a rating of 3:

Jacob Brace — Division 1

Aaniyah Clark — Division 1

Sage (Nick) Dillingham — Division 1

Kayla Rogas — Division 4

Keaton Duncan — Division 1

Samantha Slack — Division 4

Sarah Wilson — Division 1

Genesis Olvera — Division 2

The contest art will be on display at the end-of-year art show on May 7 at 6 p.m. at Pine Tree Junior High.