Panola College hosts high school welding competition

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Hislander Arellano, the winner of the competition, was awarded two scholarships to Panola College.

The Panola College Welding Technology Department hosted a high school welding competition on Tuesday, May 18 at Shelby Regional Training Center in Center, Texas.

“Our goal in hosting this competition is for high school students to become better involved in welding technology,” said Clint Cassell, Instructor of Welding Technology at Panola College. “It’s a great opportunity for students to compete against other students their age, and to improve on the skills that are essential in the welding field.”

Over 40 students from Carthage, Center, Joaquin, Shelbyville, Tenaha and Woden High Schools participated in the competition.

Mason Boulware of Woden High School received first place in level 1, Eduardo Sanchez of Carthage High School received first place in level 2 and Hislander Arellano of Carthage High School received first place in level 3. The top competitor in each level was awarded an array of prizes, including coolers and welding equipment.

Overall, Arellano won the competition and was awarded two, $1,000 scholarships to Panola College for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarships will go toward paying tuition and fees for an associate’s degree in welding technology.