McKinney ISD FFA members competed at the Collin County Youth Livestock Show on Jan. 2-7. The Collin County area and show are both known statewide for superior livestock projects and for being one of the most competitive county shows in Texas.
Mara Vernier was Breed Champion White OPB gilt, Paige Kelley was Reserve Champion Hampshire gilt, Cody Noble was 1st place lightweight Duroc barrow, RJ Reid was 1st place heavyweight Duroc barrow, Cole Carter was 1st place middleweight Duroc gilt, Hannah Fincher was 2nd place lightweight White OPB gilt, Keli Jo Cummings was 2nd place middleweight Hampshire gilt and 2nd place heavyweight Crossbred barrow, Lily Carter was 3rd place lightweight Crossbred barrow, Julie Porter was 3rd place lightweight Hampshire gilt, Wyatt Steele was 4th place middleweight Black OPB barrow and 4th place heavyweight Yorkshire barrow, Tanner Kelley was 4th place heavyweight Hampshire barrow, Owen Meachum was 4th place heavyweight Crossbred barrow, Joey McCord was 4th place middleweight Crossbred barrow, and Rebecca Carlisle was 4th place middleweight Crossbred gilt. Lindsey Phillips, Gabriel Hefner, Bridget Hartnell, Chrissie Royall, Dillion Ward, Matthew Rose, Jesse Davis and Noah Zwillenberg placed respectfully in their classes.
McKinney High School seniors Mara Vernier and Keli Jo Cummings placed in the top 5 in the Senior Showmanship competition. Showmanship was selected throughout the swine show on Wednesday, January 4th.
Fourteen MISD swine projects placed in the top 33% or better in Collin County and qualified for the Sale of Champions. MISD Swine Projects generated approximately $16,000.00 in revenue that will be used to help the students with college expenses. 55% of our MISD FFA swine projects qualified for Sale of Champions. 374 swine projects were represented at the 2012 Collin County Youth Livestock Show.
“Raising and exhibiting livestock projects instills a work ethic in our young people that is second to none”, says Justin Lacy. Students learn responsibility, exhibit integrity and learn hands on how to manage money by being involved in FFA and when raising FFA livestock projects. These life lessons will help our MISD students go far in life and become productive citizens that are stewards of Agriculture.