Methodist Children’s Home charter school had 10 animal projects move on to the Sale of Champions and one student receive a scholarship for his ag mechanics project during the 2019 McLennan County Junior Livestock Show. Students from the agricultural sciences classes led by teachers Steve Kruse and Kevin Gibbs competed in the show at the Extraco Events Center from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.
“In my entire tenure at MCH this is the most animals we have ever had make the sale,” Kruse said. “The kids that showed in the 2019 county fair seemed to be more competitive than the ones in the past.”
Kruse said the hog crew set a goal for themselves before the show to have six swine proceed to the Sale of Champions and exceeded their goal with seven.
“These kids worked together and had a true sense of what teamwork is all about,” he said. “They challenged me to learn more about pigs and with the help from some breeders and friends, we had a record year. The success can be attributed to the fact that the students, school, teachers, homes, and all MCH staff came together to make sure the animals got fed and were cared for properly.”
A total of 27 students participated in the show this year, with nine presenting swine, three goat, five steer, eight sheep. Several students who showed animals and an additional two students presented projects in the ag mechanics show. Out of 12 schools who competed in the ag mechanics show, MCH charter school placed third in Sweepstakes. Below is a list of results from the show:
Swine – York: Triston – 1st, Edric – 7th; BOPB: Aniya – 3rd, John – 4th; Hampshire: Luis – 4th; Cross: Jose – 5th, Tianna – 6th; WOPB: Roger – 8th; Duroc: Malachi – participated
Steers – Class 1: Juliana – 8th, Danny – 10th; Class 2: Dathan – 6th; Class 3: Lucas – 10th; Class 4: Dustin – 9th
Goats – Class 1: Alyssa – 5th; Class 3: Bobby – participated, Faith – participated
Sheep – Hair Sheep – Class 1: Lacy – 1st; Southdown Sheep – Class 1: Brittany – 2nd, McKenzie – 3rd, Emma – 4th; Class 2: D’Najia – 3rd, Daxie – 5th, Natavia – 7th; Class 3: Abigail – 4th
10 animals went to Sale of Champions
Ag Mechanics Show
Livestock Division: Deer gate made by Roger – 2nd place gates; Pickup carrier made by Dustin – 2nd place equipment; Mineral feeder made by 8th grade students – 1st place feeders, Reserve Champion.
Electrical Division: Deer lamp made by KK – 2nd place indoor lamps; Boot nightstand made by Juliana – 3rd place indoor lamps; Clipper stand made by KK – 1st place shop electrical.
Furniture Division: Coffee table made by Juliana – 3rd place small indoor; Reclaimed bar made by Faith – 3rd place outside small; Swing made by Danny – 3rd place yard convinces.
Wildlife Division: Deer feeder made by Danny – 1st place feeder, Division Champion.
Out of 12 schools, MCH Ag Mechanics classes placed 3rd in Sweepstakes; Danny received $500 scholarship to Texas State Technical College for his Division Champion award.
Congratulations to our Ag students on their great work this year!
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