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FFA Takes Grand Champion In Three Events At The Nueces County Livestock Show

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Five Calallen students earned Grand Champion for their animals at NCJLS 2019. Three students represented Calallen FFA: Hudson Lee, Cal Huff, Kailyn O’Brien. Allie Walker represented River Hills 4-H with  her goat and Camden Larson represented Annaville 4-H with his heifer.

“Our students did fabulous,” Ag teacher Francis Nelson said. “They had a lot of time and effort invested in their projects.”

Students started preparing as early as April to get their animal ready for this livestock show.

“This isn’t just something you can pick up at the end and go with this,” Nelson said. “It is something that takes months to prepare for.”

Certain students stood out months before the show even started.

“Hudson Lee has helped me tremendously, he helped clip every goat and lamb in the Ag barn and helped get other students ready for the show before his own lamb was ready,” Nelson said.

Lee has competed all four years of high school so he has plenty of experience with showing lambs.

“It takes a good animal to win and you have to know how to show right,” Hudson Lee said. “The most important thing is that the harder you work the better you do.”

Most students get involved in FFA at a very young age, giving them plenty of experience before high school.

“I’ve showed for ten years,” Kailyn O’Brien said. “But I’ve been involved in FFA since I was four years old.”

The Ag teachers have a huge part in these young students show life.

“They pushed me to always try my best,” O’Brien said. “If there is a problem with the animal you can always call them up and ask questions. They’ve just always been a really good influence on me.”

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FFA Takes Grand Champion In Three Events At The Nueces County Livestock Show