Corsicana ISD’s FFA Brings Home Big Awards from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Over spring break last week, Corsicana ISD students and teachers competed in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR).
Corsicana students from both the middle school and high school competing in the Ag Mechanics Project Show, collectively won the Dr. Billy Harrell Award of Excellence over every other FFA and 4H program including over 500 project entries. This prestigious award represents excellence in in leadership, knowledge, work ethic, teamwork, communication and skill.
“The Harrell Award of Excellence in Ag Mechanics is like winning a state football in Texas. Dr. Harrell is a legend in the agriculture mechanics world,” said Mark Vitters, instructor of Ag Mechanics for CHS. “For our Corsicana Ag Mechanics programs to be recognized with an award named after Dr. Harrell, is the greatest honor.”
In addition to the Harrell Award, the Corsicana Middle School Ag Mechanics Show Team won the Grand Champion Overall for Showmanship for their Aquaponics Lab. The team received over $12,000 in prizes. CMS team members include Zane Petty, Peyton Brown, Bradley Gruver, Christian Eastman, and Will McSpadden.
“I can’t say enough about the students who have worked so hard on this Aquaponics Lab,” said Larry Acock, instructor of Ag Mechanics at the Corsicana Middle School. “As an educator, it is a dream to experience student success at the middle school and watch them continue to grow in the program at the high school level.”
Corsicana High School students Dylan White and Jack Blanton won first in class for their 16 ft. Utility Trailer. Mason Dyer and Kinden Townsend had a third place in class their 35 ft. Multi-bale Trailer and Brendon Watkins and Andrew Benton placed sixth in class for their 12 ft. Utility Trailer.
Other students who placed at the show include CHS student Ally Aldama won 4th place for her End of Year Essay out of 368 entries; and Junior FFA participant Maycie Walker from Bowie Elementary placed 7th in the Pig Show; and Alyssa Walker junior FFA member from Collins Intermediate School placed 4th in her steer class and made the sale. Sarah Beck junior FFA member from Collins Intermediate won the Science Fair in her division.
The instructors at CHS are Mark Vitters, Kaitlyn Riggin and Miranda Johnson. Larry Acock is the instructor at Corsicana Middle School.