Following a path less traveled

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May 10, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Iola High School senior Hunter Preston prepares to begin his career as a welder after learning the profession as a youth.

Iola High School senior Hunter Preston has a bright future. So bright in fact, the 18-year-old has to wear a mask to shield his face and eyes.

The profession of welding is what brought his family to Iola. And soon it will be what takes Preston away from the place he calls home. 

The pipeline took Preston’s uncle Danny Dunn from Oklahoma to Kansas back in the ’60s. Soon the rest of his family would follow, most of whom enjoyed careers in welding. The only members of Hunter’s family that are not welders are his grandfather Raymond Preston and father Donald Preston, but neither of them have shied away from hard work either.

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