continued Carter enjoys the trips, attending fairs and competing in nationals.
“I get to spend time with friends.”
He learned how to present animals from Homer Bushey, a farmer and former agriculture teacher. Carter works for Bushey today.
He wasn’t nervous about the statewide competition until he reached the final round.
“I felt I had to do everything right.”
Toward the end he noticed the judge watching him and knew he had nailed it.
“It was a big relief that all that hard work paid off.”
Nationals, on the other hand, frightened him, specifically the thought of participating against students from all over the country.
“I wanted to do good,” he said.
Carter placed in the top 10, earned a gold emblem and knew it had all been worth the time and effort.
“It felt really good.”
Jones continues to be proud of his student.
“Matt doesn’t even live on a farm,” the teacher beamed.