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FFA students participate in mechanics contest

By Lauren Callahan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Sixty-five students from two East Texas high schools participated today in the first annual East Texas State Fair Ag Mechanics contest.

Sixteen projects were submitted by Robert E. Lee high school students and one project was submitted by Chapel Hill high school students.

The projects were all built on campus under the supervision of FFA teachers. The projects judged on workmanship and the students' leadership and presentation skills.     

Robert E. Lee students Shaffer Wylie and Blake Strain built a grinder stand out of sheet metal.

"Sheet metal is very difficult to weld because it's so thin and it's not very flexible," said Shaffer. "So we actually had to tack everything together before we welded it, that way it wouldn't distort or anything and it's all together in one big piece, and then we went back and welded it all."

"It was a whole lot of fun, we learned a whole lot about it," added Blake. "We learned what not to do and what to do."

The projects were judged this afternoon, and the winners received ribbons and prizes from local businesses.

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