ALAMO - A team of PSJA Memorial Early College High School students representing the school's Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter made history this past weekend at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Contest earning 4th place in the Agricultural Mechanics Project Show.
Each year, the Houston Livestock Show hosts several contests and judging competitions for applicable 4-H and FFA members to help sharpen their agricultural skills. The Agricultural Mechanics Project Show highlights talented students from across the state who built gates, hay haulers and trailers for competition.
PSJA Memorial students designed and constructed a 16x16 gooseneck stock trailer that can be used by PSJA ISD to transport livestock to and from shows.
According to Abel Rodriguez, one of the team's sponsors, this was the first time a team from PSJA ISD competed at the Houston Livestock Show.
"This competition provides an opportunity for our students to display their talents and promote the development of their skills," said Rodriguez. "It also provides an opportunity for them to be evaluated by some of the most knowledgeable judges in the Agricultural Mechanics Industry."
Team members include: Juniors Sebastian Garza and Pablo Lucero and Seniors Jesus Lopez and Jose de la Fuente. The students are under the direction of sponsors Abel Rodriguez and Antonio Ramirez.
"It was a humbling experience," said Sebastian Garza. "It really taught me how to work with people, collaborate, and be a part of a team."
In addition to earning 4th place at the State competition, the project was also named the Grand Champion in the Gooseneck Stock Trailer category of the RGV Livestock Show held March 17.
The team will continue their competitive season at the Texas A&M Kingsville Agricultural Mechanics Show on April 23.