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Delta Technical College High School Welding Competition Awards Scholarships to Memphis-Area Seniors


A total of $14,000 in DTC scholarships were awarded to high school seniors at Saturday’s competition

Horn Lake, MS.– The welding shop at Delta Technical College (DTC) was buzzing Saturday as several high school juniors and seniors from the Mississippi Delta region competed for a chance to demonstrate their welding skills and the opportunity to win a DTC scholarship.

Eleven high school seniors received $500 scholarship awards, but the top prizes went to the winners in the senior division of the competition.

  1. First Place: Victor Fernandez of Kingsbury High School; awarded a $5,000 scholarship. Kingsbury High School will also receive a $1,000 donation to their welding shop class from DTC.
  2. Second Place: James McGrew of Lake High School; awarded a $2,500 scholarship.
  3. Third Place: Lance McKinney of South Panola High School; awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

The winner of the junior division was Austin Taylor of South Panola High School. He earned his high school a $500 donation from DTC. The DTC High School Welding Competition was held Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at DTC’s Horn Lake, Mississippi campus location. The annual competition resumed this year after being canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Director of High School Admissions, Louie Schonauer, described the importance of this year’s competition amidst the challenging times facing high school seniors: “It was important to bring the welding competition back safely this year, in order to offer local high school seniors an opportunity to compete for scholarships and to learn more about career training in the welding industry. We know high schoolers are facing unprecedented times, and we’re here to help seniors explore another path after high school-a career in the skilled trades industry. We will continue to build on the success of this year’s competition, and to grow our welding competitions in order to offer more of these opportunities to local seniors.” 

Competitors came from across the Mississippi Delta region, representing the following high schools: South Panola High School, Horn Lake High School, Lewisburg High School, Lake Cormorant High School, Itawamba Ag. High School, Tunica Academy, Holly Springs High School, Lake High School, Kingsbury High School, and Forest Tech High School.

The welding competition offers high school students more than an opportunity to showcase their welding talents. Participants and their families had the opportunity to tour DTC’s campus, meet with Financial Aid and Admissions Representatives, and learn more about DTC’s Welding Programs.

Delta Technical College High School Welding Competition 2021 Winners from Midwest Technical Institute & Delta Technical College

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Delta Technical College (DTC) offers hands-on training in a number of career fields, including mechanical trades, allied health, truck driving and cosmetology. DTC’s goal is to help students enter the workforce in an entry-level position within their chosen career field. Delta Technical College, along with its sister school, Midwest Technical Institute, operates six campuses across the Midwest and Mississippi Delta regions. For more information, visit