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Ag Mechanics Team Competes in San Angelo
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 • Posted March 14, 2012

On February 21st, 22nd, and 23rd the Ag Mechanics Team from Mason FFA placed second overall in the annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Outdoor Cooking Tow-able division competition with their entry of a multi-purpose bar-b-que pit and trailer. Judging criteria for entries in this competition include: Workmanship (25%), Students’ Knowledge of Project (10%), Design and Materials (10%), Practicality (10%), Degree of Difficulty (10%), Overall Finish (10%), and Plans, Materials and DOT standard for the project (10%). While competing the team had to undergo an interview with the judges as they presented their portfolio and DOT standard certifications. The team who created the “Puncher Pit” consisted of: Chance Stockbridge, Austin Trip, Winston Trip, Tanner Dutton, Ramiro Rodriguez, Kolby Yonker, Briggs Jones, Logan Taylor, Austin Eckert, and Zane Simon who started working on their competition entry in October, the second six weeks of the school. The 18ft black, metal trailer with Puncher Purple accents is equipped with a white roof (to reflect heat), two folding awnings, a Propane/ 110 V water heater, a fresh water tank sink, a grey water tank, water pressure pumps, a 4 ft. cutting board, 4 LED lights, and a double propane cooking stove took the team many hours to perfect. To catch the eyes of spectators and judges, the team added novelty lights that highlight a metal sign, hanging from the ceiling of the trailer that proudly states “1A Division 1 State Champions”. For the past two years Randy Kruse with Mason Gas Company has proudly sponsored the Mason FFA students with all the materials and motivational support in helping create various competition entries. This year, Mr. Kruse proved to be a vital role in helping the team’s success in this contest, especially with helping the team learns interviewing and speaking skills. Once again, the Mason FFA Ag Contest Team would like to thank Mr. Randy Kruse and the Mason Gas Company for their sponsorship. The Mason FFA also wishes to thank Clay Lindsay and John Brandenberger for assisting the students on the electrical and plumbing of the trailer. Thanks also for the computerized air/temperature control system from Mr. Guru BBQ systems. In addition a special congratulation goes out to Winston Trip on his entry in the Bits and Spurs Division of a pair of handmade custom spurs with his special brand engraved on the sides, engraved crosses and rawhide painted leather straps. The metal was derived with a design that he invented on the robotic plasma cam in the Ag Department of MHS. Many hours of grinding, sanding and polishing earned Winston a blue ribbon in this contest. Congratulations again on a job well done!

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