Ethan Staley, a senior at Bellevue High School, earned overall reserve grand champion in the Houston Livestock Show Ag Mechanics Competition, held at the Reliant Center in Houston March 16-19.
Over a period of several months, Staley constructed a zero turn radius mower, called the Monster Mower, to enter in the competition.
Staley earned first in class and first in Division I: Agricultural Machinery and Equipment, as well as the HOOF Hard Luck Award. He placed fourth in the job fair interview competition.
Staley’s prize winnings included a bevy of tools and equipment, provided by companies such as Snap-On, Stanley Proto and Lincoln Welders.
Ethan is the son of Ricky and Carla Staley of Vashti.
Brandt Cassetty and Matthew Belcher placed third in their class with a hydraulic squeeze chute. Brandt is the son of Bryon and Michelle Cassetty of Bellevue. Matthew is the son of Larry and Lana Belcher of Vashti.
Tyler Terry won fourth in his class with a 14-foot ATV trailer. He is the son of Jim and Twyla.
Trace Garrison, son of Perry and Jamie Garrison of Bellevue, earned an $8,000 trade school scholarship in a competitive interview process.
Others representing Bellevue in competition, and receiving blue ribbons, were Breannah Malear with an ATV cultivator and Dylan Throckmorton with a hay feeder. Madison Terry and Kimberley Morrow showed the Bellevue FFA’s group project, a 32-foot float trailer. The group also produced a truck bed, shown by Garrison.
In February, Bellevue students competed in the San Antonio Livestock Show Ag Mechanic Competition. Staley placed third in his class, and Cassetty and Belcher took fourth in class. Staley and Throckmorton tied for second place in showmanship.
Projects entered in the livestock shows will be on display during an open house hosted by ag mechanics students at the Bellevue School shop Saturday, March 31. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a brisket dinner. Cost is by donation.