Mount Si High School FFA students attended the Northwest Junior Livestock competition at the Puyallup Spring Fair during Spring Break, April 11-14. Two students competed in showing and auctioning lambs, one exhibited a rabbit, and five students participated in Livestock Judging.
Congratulations to the following who earned special recognition for their efforts:
Lydia Hamerly, sophomore, won the Grand Champion Novice Showman award for lambs and the Reserve Grand Champion FFA Lamb distinction.
Senior Megan Weber earned 4th place in Novice Showman for lambs.
Hamerly also won 1st place and Weber placed 2nd for the Lamb Record Book competition.
The Mount Si FFA team won the Herdsmanship award for lambs.
Lily Hutchison, junior, won Best of Variety with her Mini Rex rabbit, and received a blue ribbon for Showmanship.
The Mount Si Livestock Judging team – comprised of Becca Glover, Greg Graham, Lydia Hamerly, Elena Rourke and Megan Weber – placed 4th in the State. Individually, Hamerly placed 8th in State for Livestock Judging.
Mount Si Livestock Judging Team placed 4th in the State, and Lydia Hamerly received 8th in State for Livestock Judging.
(Pictured left to right, front row: Becca Glover, Megan Weber, Elena Rourke; back row: Greg Graham and Lydia Hamerly)
“I couldn’t be more proud of my students that exhibited at the Spring Fair this year. Their hard work and dedication paid off and we left our mark. I am excited the watch the next chapter of the Mount Si FFA unfold!” said Amy Graham, FFA advisor and MSHS teacher.
Graham explained that this is the first time that MSHS has competed in the Northwest Junior Livestock Show at the Spring Puyallup Fair. “Students raise an animal as a project, train it, show it at the fair, and then auction it off. It is an amazing experience for the kids as they are learning responsibility, dedication, work ethic, compassion, record keeping skills, and leadership.”
She added, “Next year we are planning for students to compete in more Career and Leadership Development events including the Creed Speaking competition, Job Interview Skills competition, and Prepared Public Speaking competition, in addition to the animal competitions at the fairs.”
FFA, which stands for Future Farmers of America, is the national student organization that supports agricultural education and leadership. Since MSHS is an affiliate FFA chapter, students taking the classes of Horticulture, Environmental Science, and Animal Science, all taught by Graham, are automatically enrolled in FFA. Consequently, there are over 100 students in the school’s FFA chapter this year. They meet, usually twice a month, during Power Hour in room 314. For students who are interested in joining FFA, enroll in one of these classes or contact Ms. Graham for more information.
Megan Weber (left) took 4th place Novice Showman for lambs, and Lydia Hamerly (right) won
Grand Champion Novice Showman for lambs and Reserve Grand Champion FFA Lamb.
Lily Hutchison won Best of Variety with her Mini Rex rabbit, and received a blue ribbon for Showmanship.