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May 1, 2013

Lane Cottrell from McCulloch County 4-H

Students showcase more than 130 projects at Blinn’s Ag Mech Show

More than 600 visit Rank Ag Complex for annual competition

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Blinn College attracted more than 300 students from 45 Texas junior high and high schools today at its 12th annual Ag Mech Show.

More than 600 people attended the show, held at Blinn’s W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex. Students from across the state came to Blinn’s Brenham campus to display more than 130 projects.

The show featured projects developed and designed by students in high school FFA chapters and county 4-H clubs. Students worked 300-400 hours on some projects, which were then judged on quality and showmanship. Projects included agriculture machinery and equipment; livestock equipment; trailers; recreational items including barbecue pits, picnic tables, metal and wood furniture, entrance gates, deer blinds, animal traps and horticulture products; and engines and reconditioned tractors.

Lane Cottrell from McCulloch County 4-H won grand champion honors for his 34-foot Gooseneck trailer. Dustin Gillum from Center Point FFA was reserve champion for his 1968 Massey Ferguson tractor.

The top three entries in each division received Blinn scholarships. Only high school seniors were eligible.

Demonstrations in welding, cutting and power tools were held throughout the day. The show also included welding, metal-cutting, wildlife and horticulture contests.

The Division of Agricultural Sciences is one of the fastest-growing divisions at Blinn College with almost 800 students currently enrolled – roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the Rankin Complex serving as the program’s hub. The new complex is more than three times larger than the previous ag center.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.

Blinn’s agriculture division sent more than 90 students to volunteer as judges at county fairs throughout the region last year. Blinn agriculture students volunteer with Texas Parks & Wildlife and the Coastal Conservation Association, and support 4-H and FFA with events such as the Ag Mech Show.

For more information on Blinn’s ag science program, visit:

1. Bellville FFA - Cory Schovajsa
2. Center Point FFA - Ben Guthrie, Caleb Shoemake, Ty Salzman, Josh Shoemake
3. Boerne FFA - Josh Bitzkie, Hans Wisian, Lawton Klein
4. Comanche FFA - Andrew Volleman
5. Seven Lakes FFA - Garrett Tackaberry, Richard Frazier
6. Medina Valley FFA - Colton Haegelin
7. Venus FFA - Cody Glasgow
8. Rudder FFA - Garrett Marchant
9. Van Bleck FFA - Cody Kennemore
10. Caldwell FFA - Kevin Brinkman, Cody Fisher

1. Bellville FFA - Cole Rinn
2. Van Vleck FFA - Bailye Foltyn, Kate Langston
3. Dulles FFA - Denton Markwalter, Alex Petitjean, Jonah Lumpe, Zachary Salazar
4. Bellville FFA - Chad Engeling
5. Tomball FFA - Ashton Jozwiak, Curtis Phillips
6. Caldwell FFA - Justin House
7. Celeste FFA - Justin Bennett, Kevin Lyon, Micah McCaslin, Nathan Warren
8. Van Vleck FFA - Cole Kucera, Eric Hughes, Cole Grissam, Hunter Brown
9. Goliad FFA - Landry Cunningham
10. Rudder FFA - Garret Marchant, Preston Daniel, Jayce Wilder

1. McCulloch Co. 4-H - Lane Cottrell
2. Columbus FFA - Jesse Chollett, Reid Brasher, Robert Neisner, Lauren Zajicek
3. Columbus FFA - Lance Woytek, Hunter Woytek
4. Medina Valley FFA - Greg Boehme, Kristian Kononchuk, Gatlin Grosch
5. Tomball FFA - Cody Prater
6. Robert E. Lee FFA - Andres Niederhofer
7. Latexo FFA - William Craddock
8. Huffman FFA - Hayley Ropp, Chelsey Hoffpauir, Cameron Mullins, Terry Booth, Garett Mullins
9. A&M Consolidated FFA - Jeremy Wilson, Mason Gold, Alexis Roach, Breanna Ziemba
10. A&M Consolidated FFA - Calli McIntyre, Cameron Pitts

1. Brenham FFA - Jared Gold
2. Corsicana FFA - Austin Rios, Tucker Farmer, KisLawn Kelly, Drew Miller, Sam Gilfillan, Avery Cantu
3. Gonzales FFA - Ryan Lee, Garrett Remschel, Ty Tinsley
4. Weimar FFA - Chase Ritter, Zachary Sanchez
5. LaPorte FFA - Cody Haas
6. La Grange FFA - Jeffery Surman
7. Rockdale FFA - Cierra Pomykal
8. Rockdale FFA - Chris Vest
9. Burton FFA - Valente Rosales, Carter Williams, Jose Lozano
10. Bellville FFA - Reid Janish

1. Center Point FFA - Dustin Gillum
2. Cuero FFA - Cody Garrett
3. Era FFA - Shane Kirts
4. Cuero FFA - Tyler Bohach, Natalie Halepeska, Jeffrey Nemec
5. Cuero FFA - Cody Garrett
6. Bellville FFA - Ryan Guerrero
7. Magnolia FFA - Corbin Darilek
8. Gregory-Portland FFA - James Gallia
9. Brazos FFA - Kasey Nieman
10. Cuero FFA - Parker Goebel

1. Columbus FFA
2. Dulles FFA
3. Tomball FFA

1. Columbus
2. Tomball FFA
3. Tomball Memorial

1. Trey McClinton - Tomball Memorial
2. Clayton Theut - Columbus
3. Christopher Tondre - Tomball FFA

1. Garrett Marchant - Rudder
2. Kristian Kananchuk - Medina Valley
3. Lane Cottrell - McCulloch Co. 4-H

1. Andrew Volleman - Comanche
2. Joseph Wegner - Burton FFA

Project – 6x12’ Trailered BBQ Pit
School – Brenham FFA
Individual – Jared Gold