LTHS FFA students impress at Travis County, San Antonio shows

Students in the Lake Travis FFA program earned numerous accolades—including the coveted Grand Champion Market Steer—at the Travis County Youth Show held January 12-15 at the Travis County Expo Center.

In all, 25 students placed at the show, making it to sale in the following animal and non-animal categories as follows:

Mark Lackey - Champion, Barbeque Pits
Grace Martindale - Champion, Large Accessory
Taylor Breeden - Champion, Photography, Details and Macro
Abbigayl Chafé - Champion, Quilting
Shannon Harding - Champion Photography, Night Photography
Ashton Owens - Champion Photography, Computer Enhanced
Bryson Rother and Garret Jeter - Champion, Wildlife Equipment Division
Danny Crompton - Reserve Champion, Wood Working
Chelsea Lee - Crafts Division, Artistic Compositions, Blue Award
Maya Noha - Arts Division, Black & White Drawings, Blue Award
Zach Winovitch - Arts Division, Black & White Drawings, Red Award
Cody Cotton - Reserve Champion, Arts Division, Recycled Trash to Art

Allie McFadden - Grand Champion Steer, Market Steers
Kinzi Jo Leon - 4th Place, Market Steers
Samantha Waida - 4th Place, Market Steers
Kadyn Leon - 4th Place, Market Steers
Travis Roberson - Cross Reserve Breed Champion, Market Barrows
Cody Cotton - OPB Reserve Breed Champion, Market Barrows
Ridge Neri - 1st Place, Market Barrows
Kadyn Leon - 1st Place, Market Barrows
Payton Janecek - 3rd Place, Market Barrows
Claire Roark - 3rd Place, Market Barrows
Chelsea Lee - 3rd Place, Market Barrows
Jordan Smith - 4th Place, Market Barrows
Sydni Ellisor - 5th Place, Market Barrows
Bryson Rother - 5th Place, Market Barrows
Logan Ledwik - 2nd Place, Market Goats
Hannah Durnell - 3rd Place, Market Lambs
Courtney Bradley - 4th Place, Market Lambs
Talya Carney - 14th Place, Meat Rabbits

Additionally, Sydni Ellisor won Champion Charlais and ultimately earned Reserve Overall Champion Market Steer at the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.  The win secured Sydni's place as second to sell in the San Antonio Market Steer Auction, bringing her winning totals to more than $72,000.  Allie McFadden, who exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer at the Travis County Youth Show, placed 6th in San Antonio.  The win guaranteed her a spot in the Market Steer Auction, bringing her winning totals to more than $25,000 for the season.

Approximately 300 students are enrolled in the Lake Travis High School Agriculture program 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.       

Kelly White and Perry White are co-advisors of the Lake Travis FFA program.