FFA Scores at Galveston County Fair

$35,000 in scholarships for FHS FFA students due to Galveston Fair

FHS students in the FFA program just completed successful events at this year’s Galveston County Fair and Rodeo April 12-20 at Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock.

The group earned $35,000 in the auction for their animals and this is the most ever collected by the Friendswood High School organization.

The FFA students along with sponsors Trevor Reifel and Laura Vail want to thank Friendswood community members who bought the animals: Elite Surgical Affiliates, (Boyd and Lesley Yarbrough) bought six animals, Wallace Trochesset bought one, and Christian Brothers Automotive bought one, according to Vail.

In awards, each animal category had FHS winners.

In the Heifer Show, Shelby Giles won Reserve Grand Champion, Division Champion, Breed Champion and Class winner. Savannah Fitzgerald won Grand Champion Showmanship, second in class and Reserve Champion in Breed. Bryce Giles won Breed Champion. Nick Peden’s heifer won second and class. Kendal Martinez’s heifer also won second in class.

In the Swine Show, the following took place: Kristen Nordquist (auction, 2nd in class); Kyle Shenkir (10th in class); Randy Adams (auction, third in class); Tehya Horbach (11th in class, called back for Showmanship); Hayley Crenshaw(auction, second in class, called back for Showmanship)’ Maddy Kimmel (7th in class, called back for showmanship); Alicia Corcoran (11th in class); Sydney Rogers (auction, 5th in class); Katie Flick (7th in class); Leah Rhyne (9th in class, called back for Showmanship); Alexandra Buckley (auction, third in class); Brittney Surber (12th in class)’ Brittany Bergaman (auction, 2nd in class); Trenton Castillo (auction, sixth in class); Michaela Punchard (auction, 2nd in class, called back for Showmanship); and Maddy Appling (auction, sixth in class).

In the Rabbit Show, Kristen Cole (third place single fryer); Melanie Otto (30th place pen of 3); and Reid Kohls (31st place, pen of three).

In the Steer Show, Shelby Smith received first place in class, auction. She also caught in the calf show. Morgan Lewis received second place in class, auction and third place showmanship.

In the Turkey Show, Shelby Smith received 17th and 18th place, auction .

In the Goat Show, the students and their ratings are as follows: Jamie Albach 11th , Brandon Johnson 12th, Emily Dirksmeyer 3rd – Auction, Jennifer Scott – 5th,

Zach Maiberger – 5th, Alyson Ball – 7th, Jordan Gates – 4th, Mollie Andrews – 6th,

Coleman Oubre – 7th, Courtny Smith – 9th, Shelby Smith – 10th, Hanna Saville – 9th,

Sarah Zach Lopez – 13th, Amy McCrill- 15th, Faith Garza – 11th, Mitchell Moore – The fair began in 1938 and was held at facilities in Runge Park located in Arcadia, Texas.

In the early 1980s, the County Fair had reached its limits of growth at Runge Park and plans began for a move to Jack Brooks Park located in Hitchcock, Texas. The move to Jack Brooks Park was completed in time for the 1984 Fair, and this is where the fairgrounds are currently located. The youth and the animal projects they exhibited are the foundation the Fair was built upon. This tradition continues today