It’s been a big season for Stephenville High School ag mechanics students with projects receiving high scores at the Erath County Junior Livestock Show, the Fort Worth show and, most recently, the San Antonio Stock Show.
The three projects that were taken were awarded blue ribbons in San Antonio and first-year SHS agriculture science teacher Jordan Smith said he is proud of his students.
“Overall we competed against 400 projects and all of ours were given a blue ribbon, which in ag mechanics is the highest you can get,” Smith said.
The are a 12-foot BBQ pit smoker, a 12-foot utility trailer and a five-foot by seven-foot deer blind.
The students started building in September 2017 and have to document the entire process.
“This is my first year at Stephenville and you always have to build a program up, so to be able do this first year, I was very proud,” Smith said. “Not only do they have to build the project themselves, they have to have the documentation. As part of the judging process they are asked about how to perform skills and about safety procedures used and materials and all sorts of questions about the entire process.”
The deer blind was built by SHS senior Eric Villeda and when asked how he feels about receiving a blue ribbon, he said “Well, I was surprised, but I put a lot of hard work into it and it was just me by myself. It took me around 150 hours and I started in November.”
The BBQ pit was built by a group of SHS seniors: Clay Krause, Hunter Whaley, Merit Holstein, Quade Griffin and Maverick London.
“It’s a lot of hard work to get a blue ribbon, but it feels good,” Krause said. “It took right around 200 hours for all of us and to see the judges think it’s worthy of a blue ribbon is special.”