FFA students win top prize in San Antonio
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Sulphur Springs High School FFA students came away from the San Antonio Ag Mechanics competition with a number of wins, including a grand championship and three scholarships, two reserve grand championships and five additional class wins with prize packages, according to SSHS Agriculture teacher Dan Froneberger.
The students really cleaned up in Class 10 electrical division, both in the mobile hose fabrication and woodworking station.
Brennan Rhoades, John Holland and Jimmy Helfferich all earned $4,000 scholarships, and Rhoades and Holland will receive prizes as well, thanks to the mobile hose fabrication sponsored by Flowserve, which not only was ranked first in Class 10 but also earned them the grand championship in the electrical division.
Brandon Sandlin received a prize package after ranking second in Class 10 woodworking station, which garnered the reserve championship title in the electrical division.
Colby Temples, Bobbie Brantley, Dustin Gant, Kevin Mabe and Chris Kultgen also went home with a prize package for their second ranking in Class 27 for their 14-foot cattle trailer.
Chet Ragan and Jameison Dial each received prize packages after earning fifth place in Class 4 log splitter competition.
Chad Rocker and Colten Stageberg's 32-foot float was entered in the Class 26 contest. The students went home with prize packages after taking first in class, marks high enough to garner the reserve trailer division championship title.
Colten Froneberger went home with prize packages for his rankings in two categories. Froneberger earned third place in Class 10 for his parts tumbler entry. He and Somer Gregory each were awarded prize packages for their second place leather working table in the Class 17 category.
Rounding out the SSHS FFA students to come home with prizes were Britton Diamond and Koyt Koon. The pair placed fifth place with their Class 5 engine hoist, which also earned them a prize package.