But first, they have two more competitions to win!
You can just almost see the Comanche FFA trailer that the young men above continue to tweak. They picked up a second place with it in Houston and are hoping to do that well or better at both Sul Ross and Blinn, the sites of their last two competitions this year.
The guys in the photo below weren’t working on competition pieces. Instead, they were hard at work on a hay feeder! However, it won’t be long until both groups will be bending over those heavy pieces of sheet metal, cutting the longhorns that are going to be placed with the cowboys at the intersection of Highway 36 and Wrights Avenue.
I hope the town of Comanche understands just what it has in Ag teacher, Phillip Beard, who teaches his students so much more than just what can be found within the pages of a book or the confines of an Ag shop. It was Ag student, Trenton Strickland, who said it best this week.
“Building the cowboys and now the longhorns is not only beneficial to me, but also to my community. The cowboys we built look great, but they have a rope in their hands for a reason. They need some longhorns to rope!
“I have really enjoyed building these, but I enjoy seeing our community advance and develop more.”
And isn’t that what it’s all about when you get right down to it? Here at United, my hat is completely off to all of these students as well as to Phillip Beard, the teacher who never is in the photo but whose presence stands squarely behind them every single day. I can’t wait to see the newest creations!