Tristan Kurz, son of Terri Macharro, graduated in May from Somerset High School and will begin his college career with a $20,000 scholarship from the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. This award, along with a $1,000 Somerset Youth Livestock Organization Scholarship, a Lonestar Award and an Animal (Pig) Award was announced at the Somerset FFA Ag Banquet on May 12.
SALE is the same organization that hosted the Ag Mechanics competition in February where Kurz and classmates Zayne Michealson and Ryan Frautschi won fourth place with their kayak trailer which sold at a live auction for $15,000. This was just a month after earning the Reserve Grand Champion title in the Ag Mecanics division at the 2021 Atascosa County Livestock Show.
“Tristan is a student that is intelligent, hardworking and has the character of a young man wise beyond his years,” Somerset High School Ag Mechanics Teacher Justin Taylor said. “His determination and work ethic is unmatched. Never have I had a student with his abilities and determination to make such an impactful impression on his peers. He is a great kid who has a big future ahead of him. We will miss him.”
In high school, Kurz served as Sergeant-at- Arms for the National Honor Society, Parliamentarian in the Student Council and Vice President for both the Somerset FFA and Men of Honor.
The Men of Honor Club, a fairly new organization at Somerset High School, is comprised of a group of guys who get together and help out in the community. Through this group, Kurz has had the opportunity to volunteer at the Somerset Food Bank and help provide turkeys to families for Thanksgiving. Also, every other Tuesday they greet teachers and students and open doors for them at the front of the school.
The 2021 graduate says that the key to managing multiple responsibilities is be determined to follow through on all commitments.
“Time management is one thing my high school career has taught me so well,” Kurz said. “Being responsible enough to go feed animals at midnight after a football game was really hard for me, but when you make a commitment you have to see it through.”
Though very successful in Ag Mechanics, Kurz was involved in other areas of ag as well. He raised pigs all four years in high school and decided to raise a steer his senior year. Two of his pigs placed at the 2021 ACLS including one cross that took home second place in its class.
Kurz will attend Texas A&M-College Station with a major in Agricultural Business and a minor in Wildlife Management.
He has learned through experience that he enjoys being able to do things that benefit and create awareness for agriculture and its significance in our everyday lives.
“When I was growing up I spent my childhood hunting or working on our cattle ranch with my grandpa,” Kurz said. “Working in agriculture is all I’ve ever done and it’s all I want to do.”
Whether it’s playing sports like football and golf, hunting or taking care of his animals, Tristan enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.
“I do not know what kind of job I want to have,” Kurz said. “But I know one thing for sure is I want it to be in agriculture.”