SSHS ag mechanics students bring home big prizes from Houston, San Antonio

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 13, 2008 - At least six of agriculture mechanics teams and several individuals from Sulphur Springs High School were recognized recently for their accomplishments at both the Houston Rodeo and San Antonio Rodeo contests.

One studentearned a $12,000 scholarship for his grand champion project and another was the winner of an $800 "hard luck" award.

Colten Froneberger's electrical project was selected as the Grand Champion at the San Antonio show, a feat rewarded with a $12,000 scholarship. At the Houston Rodeo, Froneberger's electrical project was named Reserve Champion. He also earned first place with a surgical table in the Class 9 Electrical Livestock category at both contests. Froneberger also earned fourth in class in Houston and a blue ribbon in San Antonio with his metal roller in the Class 10 Electrical Shop Equipment category.

Danielle Campbell was awarded an $800 "Houstonians Offering Our Friendship Award," given to "students who might have suffered some type of hardship while working on their projects." Campbell was awarded the HOOF Award for balancing time at work, home and shop while her mother, who she is "close friends with," underwent surgery for breast cancer, according to the ag mechanics instructor who encouraged her to fill out the application. She won the $800 award for her essay, for which she extended thanks to all of her English teachers who have helped along the way.

Campbell and teammate Chea Townsend earned third place in the Class 5 Shop Equipment category for their shop table at the Houston Rodeo. The pair, joined by Helena Wall, ranked third at the San Antonio Rodeo for the same project.

Earning first place in San Antonio in Class 3 Mounted- and Pull-type tractor equipment with their disc harrow were Somer Gregory and Josh Gaines. The pair earned a blue ribbon for their project at Houston.

Kristy Harder and Jessica Haas earned second in class in Class 10 Electrical Shop Equipment with their band saw at the Houston Rodeo and third in class for the project at the San Antonio Rodeo.

Kris Kultgen and Jarrid Horton earned second in Class 18 Wildlife Equipment with a deer feed transport at the Houston Rodeo and third in class at the San Antonio Rodeo.

Ashlea Brown went home with second in class in San Antonio and a blue ribbon in Houston for the 6-foot by 10-foot trailer entered in the Class 21 Bumper Trailer, 10-foot and Under category.

Brennan Rhoades and Koyt Koon's 37-foot float trailer earned second in Class 26 Float Trailers in San Antonio and a blue ribbon in Houston.

Colby Temples and Jimmy Helfferich earned third in class in San Antonio and a blue ribbon in Houston for their 24-inch Lowboy trailer, entered in Class 25 Lowboy Trailers category.

Third place honors went to Thomas Albritton and Colten Cummings at the San Antonio Rodeo for the diesel tank they entered in the Class 6 Other Equipment competition. Albritton brought home the blue ribbon from the Houston Rodeo for the project.

In San Antonio, John Holland and Kevin Mabe's metal roller was recognized as fourth in the Class 10 Electrical Shop Equipment contest. Holland's pipe roller, entered in the Class 10 Electrical Shop Equipment contest in Houston, was awarded a blue ribbon.

Jaimeson Dial's feed trailer earned fifth in class in the Class 29 Other Trailers category in San Antonio and a blue ribbon in Houston.

Marron Allison and Chris Radney took home a blue ribbon for their entry in the Class 5 Shop Equipment contest in San Antonio. Allison also went home from Houston with a the blue ribbon in the class as well.

Chasen Folmar was awarded a red ribbon for his Class 29 Other Trailers project, entered at the San Antonio Rodeo.

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