Students in the Lake Travis FFA program earned numerous accolades—including the coveted Grand Champion Market Steer—at the 2018 Travis County Youth Show held January 11-13 at the Travis County Expo Center.  This is the third year in a row that LTFFA students have earned Grand Champion recognition at the TCYS.

The Lake Travis FFA Chapter had an estimated 60 members and three Junior FFA members exhibit an estimated 150 projects at the annual show. Projects ranged from livestock of all sizes to artwork, jewelry, photography, shop work and foods. FFA members competed for ribbons, rosettes, buckles, and money in the premium auction.

Approximately half of the exhibitors “made sale” and reaped an estimated $67,000 for students to use toward scholarships or to fund projects for next year.  In all, 21 students placed at the show, making it to sale in the following animal and non-animal categories as follows:


  • Hunter Brabham - Ag Mech, Deer Blind
  • Cody Cotton - Preserves, Cowboy Candy (Pickled Jalapeño)
  • Jordan Smith - Photography, Micro/Details
  • Abbey Weems - Photography, Capitol Night


  • Sydni Ellisor - Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Senior Showman, Market Steer (cattle)
  • Allie McFaddin - 2nd Place, Market Steer (cattle)
  • Sammy Waida - 4th Place, Market Steer (cattle)
  • Abbigail Wood - Grand Champion, Meat Rabbits
  • Lydia McCall - 12th Place, Meat Rabbits
  • Myron Smith - 17th Place, Meat Rabbits
  • Kati Neri - 2nd Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Bryson Rother - 2nd Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Dana Steadtler - 2nd Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Gunnar Brockway - 4th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Grace Martindale - 4th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Ali Ballou - 5th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Cody Cotton - 5th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Payton Janecek - 5th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Shelby Patton - 8th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Lauren Aguillon - 4th Place, Market Goat
  • Abbey Weems - 5th Place, Market Goat

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.