Most Outstanding Male Students 2020

KC faculty members nominate students to represent their academic areas for Most Outstanding Students. To be nominated, students must be classified as a sophomore (completed a minimum of 30 semester credit hours) and have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Other criteria often considered by departments include program specific GPA, program involvement, and/or personal character. From this group, the KC faculty and staff select one male and one female student as Most Representative Student. These students are selected by popular vote. Campus involvement and/or personal character are just some of the criteria often used in the selection of these outstanding individuals. The college will recognize the two Most Representative students on its website and social media outlets.


Patrick Alexander – Culinary Arts

“Patrick Alexander is an outstanding student and talented chef. His strong work ethic and creativity has been an inspiration to his peers and instructors. Patrick is a natural leader and dedicated to his craft. I look forward to following his career and celebrating his future successes. I know there will be many.”

Kat Jackson – Culinary Arts Program Leader

Richard J. Allee – Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Richard has a 4.0 GPA and is certified in: EPA 608 Universal refrigerant purchase and handling; EPA 609 Automotive Refrigeration; ESCO Certified 410A Refrigerant; ESCO Electrical for HVAC/R proficiency. He is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and his long-term goal is to obtain his Contractor’s License and operate his own business. His motto is: Learn more now; earn more later.”

Noel Arroyo – Barber

Robbie Belk – Music

“Robbie has been a diligent student and student leader in the band and music department the past two years at Kilgore College.  His personal qualities present him as a mature, focused, and self-motivated young man.  He is very focused on his academics and activities; always presenting a high level of self-discipline and commitment to each.  He has served as drum major the past two years in the band, and his leadership qualities are second to none.  He is definitely a student that I can depend upon to assist in meeting the goals for the band.  Robbie has a pro-active mindset to get things done in a timely manner and is always willing to help with tasks either in the band or music department. . . . .Whenever we need assistance or ask students direction for an item, Robbie is one of the first to assist and lead by example.  He truly embodies some of the Kilgore College values, especially that of radical hospitality.  Having a student such as Robbie here to set the example academically and personally have been a tremendous asset to both the band and music department.

Brent Farmer – Director of Bands


Austin Carr- Automotive Technology

We chose Austin Carr for many reasons. He has a positive attitude and is always willing to help others in class. He takes class very seriously and is dedicated to being a great Automotive Technician. I’d have to say his strongest trait is his discipline to do whatever it takes to be successful.”  

Brandon Belken – Lead instructor, Automotive technology

Charles Dudley – Diesel Technology

Eric Faulkner – Occupational Safety and Health Technology

“Eric, is very attentive to the Occupational Safety and Health technology. He has excellent grades with a 4.0 G.P.A.. He has also served on the ASSP club as Vice President.”

-Christopher Reed, Occupational Safety and Health Instructor

Jonathan Frazier – Photography

“Jon has been our go-to photographer when the class schedule has had conflicts with photographic assignments and he has done an outstanding and responsible job. He has also been shadowing me on my personal assignments to continue his photographic educational experience.”

O. Rufus Lovett, photography instructor

Derek Guevara – Computer Science

“Derek exemplifies what KC CS faculty – as well as future software employers – expect from a Ranger.  Derek has a strong proclivity for applied mathematics, which he has diligently honed via study and hard work.  Derek is brilliant, focused, creative, and kind — making Derek both a scholar and a gentleman.

Mark Stephens- computer science instructor

Doyle “Gene” Gibson – Computer & Information Technology

“Gene Gibson is a shining example of how hard work and focus can pay off for anyone. Like many of KC’s students, Gene supports his family while working and going to school full time. He has worked hard, taking each assignment seriously as well as being a mentor to his peers at every opportunity. It is my pleasure not only to present Gene with the honor of CIT’s Most Outstanding Student but to notify area employers that Gene represents the type of graduate that will carry them further into the 21st century as they contend with new challenges and opportunities.”

Danny Darden, Instructor

Mike C. Huerto – Emergency Medical Services Professions

Shane Kirk – Process Technology

Shane Kirk is a fine young man. He is a very good student who does what is asked of him with no complaints. Shane is always early for class, even since he lives in Mineola.

Shane is always ready to assist other students, and has actually assisted freshman in one of our early classes labs. He volunteered to assist them without being asked to. 

 Shane is always polite and respectful to his peers and instructors. Very well mannered individual. Appearance is always neat and clean. Shane is also a National Technical Honor Society student. He works well with others and is an excellent intern, willing to learn, on his internship job.

He is an excellent student in the classroom and gets all is work done and in on time.

Ron Doss and Tracy Atkins – Process Technology instructors

Robert Laszik – Corrosion Technology



Joshua Martinez – Substance Abuse Counseling


Eric Mendoza – Business Administration 

“I had the opportunity to have Erick as my student for two semesters. He is an excellent student, very responsible, determined and always ready to help his classmates.”

Ada Ortiz, Economics instructor

Brett Morgan – Religion

“Brett Morgan manages to work and voluntarily serve in leadership of his local church while attending Kilgore College full time and participates occasionally with the Baptist Student Ministry. He works hard at being diligent in his course work and plans to attend a private Christian school after Kilgore College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in religious studies.”

Jaymi Blankenship, Religion studies instructor and BSM director

Colten Roberts – Instrumentation and Electrical Technology

“I chose Colten because he is always on time to class, submits assignments on time, exhibits a great attitude, is a team player and is self motivated. He is going to be a great asset to any company he works for.” 

Alesha O’Steen, Instrumentation and Electrical Technology instructor

Samuel Charles Rogers – Welding

“Mr. Rogers was chosen because he is always ahead of deadlines, pays close attention to detail, is eager to help fellow classmates, and always presents a professional, energetic, and positive attitude in every situation.” 

Cody Edwards, welding instructor

Cesar Salas – Psychology

“I chose Cesar because he was one of my top-performing students. Cesar was consistently engaged, even with the challenges of this 2nd 8-week session.  Cesar aspires to obtain a law degree, and believes that a foundation in psychology will help prepare him for his law career.”

Martha Deen, psychology instructor

James Valentine – Industrial Maintenance Technology

“Mr. Valentine exemplifies what a student should be in Industrial Maintenance Technology.  He is a military veteran getting his education to return to the workforce.  He is punctual, hardworking, polite, and eager to lend a hand to others.” 

Kelly Kaemmerling – Assistant Department Chair: Industrial Technologies – Longview; Instructor: Industrial Maintenance Technology

William “Trey” Wellerman – Advertising and Graphic Design

“Trey is a wild talent. His work, though incredibly thoughtful and meticulously constructed, looks effortless upon completion. Trey is the best of the best, a true professional.”

Coy A. Lothrop- Lead Instructor, Advertising & Graphic Design