Somerset Ag Mechanics team wins big, moves on


Pictured left to right: Somerset FFA members Faith Fisher, Zayne Michealson, Travis Beilefeld, Tristan Kurz and Ryan Frautschi with their Ag teacher Justin Taylor, accepting prizes for Ag Mechanics projects. COURTESY PHOTO

Pictured left to right: Somerset FFA members Faith Fisher, Zayne Michealson, Travis Beilefeld, Tristan Kurz and Ryan Frautschi with their Ag teacher Justin Taylor, accepting prizes for Ag Mechanics projects. COURTESY PHOTO

It takes a combination of hard work and exceptional skill to create a high-placing Ag Mechanics project. And that’s just what Somerset High School seniors Tristan Kurz, Zayne Michealson and Ryan Frautschi presented on Jan. 12 at the Atascosa County Livestock Show. The trio made their school and Somerset FFA proud when their kayak trailer won first place in the Division IV – Trailers category.

Also chosen as the Reserve Grand Champion, this kayak trailer will next make its way to the San Antonio Junior Ag Mechanics Marketplace Show, February 26-28.

“They will be taking that project to the San Antonio Livestock Show where they will be participating in the Ag marketplace contest,” Somerset ISD Ag Teacher Justin Taylor said. “Where not only they will show their progeny, but they will auction it off as well.”

Kurz, Michealson, and Frautschi also did a bulk of the work on the rear bumper entered into the ACLS by Somerset FFA, which won first place in Division II – Truck Accessories.

Tristan Kurz, Zayne Michealson and Ryan Frautschi with their kayak trailer which won Reserve Grand Champion at the Atascosa County Livestock Show. COURTESY PHOTO

Tristan Kurz, Zayne Michealson and Ryan Frautschi with their kayak trailer which won Reserve Grand Champion at the Atascosa County Livestock Show. COURTESY PHOTO

Referring to the bonds built by those who grow up together in FFA, Kurz said, “FFA is like a family.” These three young men have taken Ag classes throughout high school, but their involvement with Ag began in the third grade. Taylor believes each of these boys is a great example of what a kid from the Southside can accomplish.

After graduation, the skills these three college-bound students learned in Ag will serve them well. Kurz will attend Texas A & M-College Station as an engineering major. Frautschi will pursue a career in wildlife science at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Michealson will major in business at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

These young men have taken what they have learned and applied it to their lives.” Taylor said. “This is what you can do to build a future for themselves. They are all three special young men and are surely becoming great citizens of our state.”

Atascosa county citizens are encouraged to support their local youth by participating in the San Antonio Livestock Show’s internet, live and silent auctions.

Tristan Kurz welding the main part of the tongue of the trailer. COURTESY PHOTO

Tristan Kurz welding the main part of the tongue of the trailer. COURTESY PHOTO

“It’s my senior year, and I want to go out with a bang. So let’s make some money,” Kurz said, “And if you want the best kayak trailer ever built, come bid on it at SALE marketplace.”

For more information on this show, visit systembackend. sarodeo.com/livestock/agriculturalmechanics marketplacecompetition.

Look for features on more amazing local Ag students in upcoming issues of the Pleasanton Express’ Farm & Ranch section.

Tristan Kurz (left) and Ryan Frautschi (right) installing the uprights on the side of the kayak trailer, using a speed square to check straightness. COURTESY PHOTO

Tristan Kurz (left) and Ryan Frautschi (right) installing the uprights on the side of the kayak trailer, using a speed square to check straightness. COURTESY PHOTO

Ryan Frautschi using a level to make sure everything is straight and true and nothing moved during welding. COURTESY PHOTO

Ryan Frautschi using a level to make sure everything is straight and true and nothing moved during welding. COURTESY PHOTO

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