(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College continued its longtime support for the recent Harrison County Farm City Week by awarding two scholarships to the event’s Agricultural Mechanics winners.
Jett Smallwood received a $1,000 scholarship for being named the contest’s Grand Champion, and Dalton Adams received a $500 scholarship for being named Reserve Grand Champion. The two Waskom High School students can use the scholarships if they attend TSTC.
“I think it is really good for TSTC because they are supporting potentially what could be their future students,” said Darrin Peeples, president of the Harrison County Agri-Business Association. “It gives TSTC a chance to support good kids who are good at what they do and encourage them to be future TSTC students.”
The county’s 57-year-old Farm City Week is a celebration of students’ work creating agriculture projects and raising animals. Students can take part if they are at least 9 years old or in third grade, whichever comes first.
The event generated $359,000 in sales this year, with much of the money going back to the student participants and scholarships, said Wayne Dillon, TSTC’s facilities director and a member of the association’s board of directors.
“The smallest project is about four months,” Dillon said. “Most of them are six months to a year if they raise and train the animals and feed them right and keep them proportional. A lot of these projects the kids start in the ag shop after the school year starts.”
For more information on Harrison County Farm City Week, go to farmcityweek.org.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to www.tstc.edu.