SSHS FFA Ag Mechanics Hosts
Open House on Tuesday Morning
by: Bobby McDonald
It was all about design, construction and planning, as Sulphur Springs FFA Ag Mechanics Class members hosted an open house, for school administrators, local businesses, and members of SSISD School Board, as they prepare for the upcoming San Antonio Stock Show Ag Mechanics Competition. The young men will travel to San Antonio with their projects, leaving early Friday morning, and compete on Saturday for a number of prizes and scholarships, in one of the largest competitions available, in the state of Texas.
"We've got everything from gated entrances, to farm equipment, to a cardboard box crusher, to a horse operating table," allowed Mr. Dan Froneberger, Sulphur Springs High School Vocational Agriculture Teacher. "The guys have been busy working on projects since before Christmas and we just like finishing a few of them, before we're ready to leave for the San Antonio Contest."
"This will be some very tough competition when we get to San Antonio," advised Sulphur Springs FFA Officer, Talon Bell and Colten Froneberger. "When there are $12,000.00 scholarships awarded to the winners, it makes for some tough competition, and takes a lot of hard work, preparation, and attention to details on your project."
Youth involved in the competition have planned, designed, constructed, and painted their projects, but once they arrive at the Contest in San Antonio, they will present their project and a step-by-step record book of construction and pictures, and be interviewed by a panel of judges about how they completed the project. "You've got to be able to tell about how it was done, the uses of the project, and the cost of construction, when they ask the student questions," allowed Froneberger.
"We've traditionally placed well in the San Antonio Competition and have some outstanding projects going this year," continued Froneberger. "But, you never know how you're going to impress the judges, until you get the results!"
Tuesday morning's Open House at the Vocational Agriculture Building was to familiarize the SSISD Board and Administrators to the work that has been given to the projects, the funding that is necessary, and what talent must be displayed to produce a winning project.
"I'm virtually amazed each year, when I see these outstanding projects," allowed SSISD Superintendent Patsy Bolton. "You can't believe some of the skills that these high school students possess and the hours that go into these projects for the contest!"
"We'll all be 'rooting' for our students," expressed School Board President Jason Dietz. "The hours and preparation that has gone into these projects are outstanding!"
"We wish all of these students the best of luck in bringing home top honors from San Antonio," expressed Board Member Clay Johnson. "They've certainly done an outstanding job in construction, design, and preparation!"
Best of Luck at San Antonio,
SSHS Ag Mechanics!!!