Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) charter school students completed a successful week of competition during the McLennan County Junior Livestock Show, Jan. 28-31 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. Seven FFA students had animals were selected to be shown during the Friday evening sale while the ag mechanics group placed third in sweepstakes out of 13 schools in the county.
This year, FFA students showed goat, sheep, swine, and steer. Ag mechanics submissions included cooking devices, electrical projects and large outdoor furniture.
“What is amazing about the ag mechanics show is that the students build the project, produce a notebook with drawings, cost, plans and pictures, participate in a verbal interview, and have to be knowledgeable about the tools and processes,” said Steve Kruse, ag teacher. “Every student in my class that was eligible to compete built a project this year.”
Below is a list of results:
Class 1: Camray – 3rd, Alyssa – 5th, Natalie – 8th, Hailey – 11th; Class 2: Ayana – 6th; Class 5: Camray – 7th, Emma – 8th
Hair sheep – Class 1: Brittney – 5th; Class 2: Lacey – 2nd, Abigail – 8th, D’Nayjah – 10th
Medium wool sheep – Class 2: Nehemiah – 2nd; Class 3: Frezer – 8th
BOPB – Class 2: Nikkie – 4th
York – Class 1: Triston – 3rd
Hamp – Class 1: Ki’Yona – participated in show
Crossbred – Jerry, Thomas, Zaniya all participated in show
Class 2: Dustin – 9th; Class 3: Dathan – 6th, Lucas – 9th, Alyssa – 10th
Student group won 3rd in Sweepstakes
Cooking devices/fire pits: Dustin – blue quality, Triston – blue quality, Alyssa – blue quality
Electrical – Shop division: Dallas – blue quality/2nd in class; Home electrical (lamps): D’Nayjah and Brittney – blue quality/1st in class/Reserve Division Champion
Outside furniture large – Spool table: Jerry, Alyssa and Lucas – blue quality; Outside bar: Zach and Dathan-blue quality/1st in class/Reserve Division Champion; Swing: Dallas – blue quality.
The MCH charter school is operated in partnership with The University of Texas-University Charter School system and located on the Waco campus. Students participating the junior livestock show learn about caring for and showing animals and complete shop projects during agricultural sciences classes. Kruse said he is proud of the efforts of his students who compete after limited time with their animals.
“In my eyes as a teacher all our students are champions because we cannot put a placing on what they have learned to get to even participate in an event like this,” Kruse said. “It is also amazing to watch some of our former students call, come by the show and lend a hand, or want to know the results. This means when they participated they had a positive experience.”
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