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CORSICANA - With the close of the 54th Annual Navarro County Youth Expo, came the official end to “show season” for area Future Farmer of America groups. Weeks of long travel, various competitions, different cities and hotel rooms, trailers full of animals and large projects being hauled around came to a conclusion for one more year.

One group that received high honors in the arena of show were the ag mechanics students at Corsicana High School. Their crowning achievement came at the Houston Livestock Show, when 36 entries from across the state came together, and Chase Thomas of CHS FFA placed first in class with his trailer, and also won showmanship.

“Chase winning showmanship was a big deal,” said Mark Vitters, ag mechanics instructor at CHS. “It proves that he did a great job presenting his trailer, and speaking to people all day. It also includes showing the project book of the entire building process, including the plans and materials. Just putting the book together is a big job. For eight hours, they stand by their project and present it to people walking through.”

In addition to Thomas’ big wins, Dave Clemons and Luke Mackey placed fourth in the same class of 36 trailers. The students brought home over $6,000 in prizes and awards for their efforts.

“These students spend countless hours after school building these projects,” Vitters said. “As they build these projects, they are learning metal skills that make them employable, as well as leadership and developing their speaking and personal relation skills as they show their projects.”

Thomas also won Reserve Grand Champion at the Navarro County Youth Expo.

“The Houston show, I considered these to be the top 36 trailers in the state, and out of those, they placed first and fourth,” he said. “To me, it’s like winning top in the state.

“We are grateful to Corsicana Independent School District for allowing these kids to travel and participate.”


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