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 Prestons 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 Hunters 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.