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Ag students come away winners in San Antonio

Ag-Mechanics, Auto and Shop classes bring home prizes
EHS’ Agriculture-Mechanics class and Auto and Metal shops had a showdown of a competition in San Antonio last week.
In Ag Mechanics, students built and displayed a 16-foot bumper-pull cattle trailer, in metal shop a hay van that carries two 5-foot round bales of hay was made and exhibited, and in auto shop a stainless steel top welding table was created and shown.
In addition students from all three classes collaborated on a 20-foot car hauler with an enclosed tool box and tire rack on the front of the trailer.
Bobby Case and Mark Dixon received a blue ribbon for their TIG welding table.
Austin Estes, Chris Valek, Josh Knott, Tony Morales, and Nick Dixon won in the bumper-pull stock trailer contest, winning almost $1,000 in prizes.
Team members on the hay van entry were Estes, Valek, Knott, Kalinec, Maliska, and Dixon; they received second place in a class of eight entries. The prizes totaled nearly $500.
“All students listed worked on the car hauler.,” said welding instructor Brian Harlan. “There were 14 entries in this class. The students beat 13 others to come home first place with nearly $1,000 in prizes.”
Harlan continued: “The biggest surprise of the weekend came when we found out at the awards ceremony in front of a crowd of approximately 1,500 people that we had placed in overall ‘documentation’ for the entire show. This is a new category added this year but we were unaware of it until the kids’ picture popped up on the slide show in front of the crowd.”
There were a total of 355 entries in the contest.
“Each and every project entered in the show must have a bill of materials, a working set of student-generated drawings, and a photo album (showing work from start to finish), Harlan said, adding that the 20-foot car hauler project received a 4th place certificate with a value of $100 of merchandise redeemable at any AIRGAS dealer in the state of Texas.
“I think to be fourth out of 355 is an awesome accomplishment,” he said. “Chris Valek and Josh Knott were responsible for the drawings. Chase Maliska was responsible for the bill of materials and Jessica Ray was responsible for the pictures and power point slide show.”
Harlan said he wanted to thank students for their successful showing, fellow teachers Stevens, Jaggers, O’Neal and Flynt for their inspiration and assistance and students’ parents for their support.
“We really appreciate the parents,” Harlan said. “It’s nice to know that parents are still behind their kids.”
All three classes are competing in San Angelo in a week followed by a contest in Houston. On March 26 the classes are exhibiting locally at the Ellis County Youth Expo in Waxahachie.

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