Lake Travis FFA students receive top honors at Travis County Youth Show

Lake Travis High School senior Emily Cotton received Grand Champion Lamb, sophomore Sydni Ellisor garnered Reserve Grand Champion Steer, and Lake Travis Middle School eighth grader Michael Cotton secured Breed Grand Champion Lamb at the Travis County Youth Show held January 14-17 at the Travis County Expo Center.  

In all, 26 Lake Travis Senior FFA students placed at the show, making it to sale in the following animal categories as follows:

Youth Show Animals:

  • Emily Cotton – Meat Rabbits

  • Sydni Ellisor – Market Barrow

  • Mason Gregg – Market Goat

  • Cade Hinson – Market Goat

  • Kadyn Leon – Market Barrow, Market Steer

  • Kinzi Jo Leon – Market Barrow

  • Carlie McCarthy – Market Barrow

  • Lindy McGee – Market Barrow

  • Cody Price – Market Barrow

  • Claire Roark – Market Barrow

  • Travis Roberson – Market Barrow

  • Bryson Rother – Market Barrow

  • Jordan Smith – Market Barrow

  • Sammy Waida – Market Barrow

  • Kylee Watson – Market Barrow

  • Shelbi White – Market Barrow

  • Kyle Wight – Market Barrow

“When students make it to sale with their animals at the county level, they don’t actually have to sell their animal,” Lake Travis High School agriculture teacher and program sponsor Perry White said.  “The county show is a non-terminal show meaning the animal is bid on by buyers, however the buyers simply receive a gift basket for their purchase.  The buyers then give the students a check, and the students get to keep the money and their animal.”

Fellow Lake Travis agriculture teacher and program co-sponsor Kelly White added, “The students can use the money as they please.  Most use it on animals for next year, or if they are seniors, they will normally use it towards college.”

On the non-animal side of the competition, several Lake Travis student projects also earned Grand Champion recognition at the show, including members of the Lake Travis Junior FFA for students in grades 3-8, as follows:

Youth Fair Projects

  • Riley Colley – Lake Travis High School, senior

Baked Foods Division, Crafts Division; Grand Champion    

  • Brooke Ellisor – Bee Cave Elementary, 5th grade

Photography Division, Grand Champion    

  • Nathan Ellisor – Lake Travis Middle School, 7th grade

Photography Division; Grand Champion

  • Leah Heikes – West Cypress Hills Elementary School, 4th grade

    Arts Division Grand Champion

  • Grace Martindale – Lake Travis High School, freshman

Arts Division; Grand Champion

  • Carlie McCarthy – Lake Travis High School, senior

Crafts Division; Grand Champion

  • Taylor Montez – Lake Travis High School, freshman

Photography Division; Grand Champion

  • Travis Roberson – Lake Travis High School, freshman

Arts Division; Grand Champion

  • Bryce Sinclair – Lake Travis High School, senior

Crafts Division, Grand Champion

  • Luke Trevino – Lake Travis High School, senior

Crafts Division; Reserve Champion

  • Hallie Ungerson – Lake Travis High School, junior

Photography Division; Grand Champion    

With current enrollment at approximately 300 students, the Lake Travis High School Agriculture program has beefed up in recent years due in large part to FFA.  Founded in 1928 as Future Farmers of America, the organization was renamed in 1988 to the National FFA Organization, now commonly referred to as FFA.  In addition to production agriculture, FFA is a Career and Technical Education organization which recognizes individuals with diverse interests in the food, fiber, and natural resource industries, encompassing science, technology and business.  Approximately 150 agriculture students are members of the Lake Travis FFA chapter.    

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