STOCKDALE, Texas – Another example of high school talent is coming out of Stockdale, southeast of San Antonio.
Matthew Hartman, president of the Future Farmers of America in Stockdale, has won awards for showing pigs. Now, he is winning awards for his singing.
Hartman has only been cranking up the pipes for a little over a year, but what a set of pipes he has. His voice is very similar to that of country singer Josh Turner.
"I started singing to a few close friends and then at a family gathering and I listened back, 'Was that really me?'" said Hartman.
His childhood friend wondered the same thing.
"When he was little we always picked on him. Me and him had the smallest voices in the class, then all of a sudden one day he comes to school and his voice was like, dude it was crazy," said Jesse Obela.
Matt's mom and dad knew their son's talent was something special.
"I told him, 'Son you have a talent. God has given you a talent, don't waste it,'" said Lori Hartman, Matt's mom.
"I felt like he had something to work with and he could build upon it," said Rob Hartman, Matt's dad.
His parents were right. Matt is headed to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the FFA national talent contest in October after winning the state title.
He will be performing in front of 65,000 people.
"I am going to be really, really nervous," Matt said.
"We are just wishing the best for him either way, though. However it turns out, he is going to know he is still the best in our eyes," Rob Hartman said.