Ag students to sell winning project

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, May 4, 2013

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In the market for a welding trailer?

Got an urge to support students enrolled in the agriculture department at Decatur High School?

Here’s a deal for you.

The DHS ag department is taking sealed bids for a welding trailer students built from the ground up. The ag department paid for the supplies out of its budget, and they are looking to recoup the money to be able to purchase equipment for future projects.

The students who worked on the project won a blue ribbon and a reserve champion showmanship award at the Houston Livestock Show earlier this year. First-year ag teacher Joey Brooke explained how the students were able to accomplish that feat.

“Judges come around and look at the total product, but it is (the students’) job to show the trailer,” he said. “They can tell you every piece of metal on here, every weld. They basically tell you every single aspect, and they judge you by how well your students know this product.

“If they put in the work and put in the time, they are going to be able to tell you every single thing from paint to electricity to the type of welds.”

No doubt the students know the trailer well, having spent countless hours working on the project from October until January.

The trailer is expected to be on display at Agvantage next week. Bids can be turned in there and at the district’s central administration office. The winning bid will be awarded May 16.

The trailer is 7 by 10 feet, modeled after a flatbed pickup, Brooke said. It will hold a portable welder and a cutting torch and also includes storage bins.

Brooke said this is the first time these students have worked on such a project, but it won’t be their last. Six of the seven students who worked on it are sophomores.

They’ll be back next year – with a little more cash in their budget from the fruits of their labor, they hope.

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