FFA members show well at first competition


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Senior Jacob Rickman shows his steer at the first livestock show of the year

Sarah Davis, Sports Center

Thirteen FFA members competed in the LISD livestock show on Dec. 6. Jacob Rickman and Carly Cox competed in the steer show, Ashley Butz, Katie Butz, Lila Ross, Brenner Bussy, Biz Enis in the hog show, Julia Tate in the goat show, and Delaney Marshall, Bella Benoit, Grace Dinkard, and Trevor Gotcher in the lamb show. This was the first livestock show of the year.

“Most of our exhibitors are in their first year of participation so this is still a very new experience. I really wanted them to gain experience and confidence,” FFA adviser Magan Escamilla said.

Bella Benoit, Grace Drinkard, Lila Ross, Julia Ennis, Justine Lasnier, Ashley Butz, And Katie Butz all placed in the top ten in their event. Jacob Rickman was awarded a showmanship buckle, and Carly Cox and Julia Tate were each awarded a $250 scholarship.

“I was awarded a scholarship,” senior Carly Cox said. “It’s very exciting to win some money back for your investment and to be rewarded for all your hard work.”

Julia Tate, Delaney Marshall and Trevor Gotcher all placed in the top three of their animal weight and bread.

“I placed third in my class for my finewool lamb. I would have liked to placed higher, but the judge gave me some things I can work on for the next show,” sophomore Trevor Gotcher said.

The next livestock show is the Williamson County Youth show on Jan. 16-19.

“I’ll try to work on things with my lamb that will help him build better muscles and that will help him set up better in the arena,” Gotcher said.