The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™ provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience through the Industrial Craft Competition as students prepare to join the workforce.
In this contest, students work together to build and execute an industrial skid. Students must comply with daily industrial safety expectations, including the proper use of PPE and daily safety task analysis.
Micheal McWilliams, Industrial Craft Competition Chairman, one of the founders the committee to focus on the development of the future workforce of Texas.
“People from industries were having trouble developing their workforce,” McWilliams said. “Now, those same people come back and hire these students right out of high school.”
Donny Murphy, welding instructor at Ingleside High School, sees the importance of this competition in his students’ personal development.
“I commend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ for the opportunity to see these kids grow,” Murphy said. “Some of the kids could go into the workforce right now and be successful.”
This year’s competition was fierce and students from across Texas competed for their chance to be named the 2023 ICC Grand Champion.
The Grand Champion of the Industrial Craft Competition went to Brazoswood High School. Courtney Homniok, 17, from Brazoswood High School, got involved with the Industrial Craft Competition through her school’s welding program.
“I am excited and very thankful for this opportunity and my teachers,” Homniok said.
Veterans Memorial High School won Reserve Champion of the Industrial Craft Competition.
2023 Awards:
Grand Champion: Brazoswood High School
Reserve Champion: Veterans Memorial High School
Safety Award: Brazoswood High School
Reserve Safety Award: Sweeny High School
Project Presentation Award: Veterans Memorial High School
Reserve Project Presentation Award: Cinco Ranch High School
Project Execution Award: Brazoswood High School
Reserve Project Execution Award: Cinco Ranch High School
Built to Specification Award: Ingleside High School
Reserve Built to Specification Award: Veterans Memorial High School
More about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $575 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2023 Rodeo continues through March 19. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube for all the latest news.