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RLAT honors BHS students


To recognize hard working - and award-winning - students in the building trades, drafting and agricultural mechanics classes at Bandea High School, members of the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas (RLAT) presented them with a check at an RLAT meeting on Tuesday, July 22. On May 1, the Texas Water Development Board in Austin selected the students for the 2013 "Rain Catcher" award in the Educational Category. After constructing two 42,000-gallon water-capturing concrete tanks and a pump house, the students installed pipes to connect the tanks to the existing sprinkler system servicing the baseball field. For irrigation purposes, harvested water now provides approximately 5 percent of Bandera High School's yearly pumping from the Lower Trinity Aquifer. RLAT President Fidel Ramirez, right, presented the check to, from left, BHS Principal Gary Bitzke, recently retired BHS building trades teacher Brad Flink and Bandera Independent School District Superintendent Regina Howell, who accepted on behalf of the students.