For two straight weeks, Blanco students have been actively competing in the San Antonio Livestock Show. Local students have been taking part in educational opportunities that teach life skills, responsibility, dedication and career development. By involving themselves in these hands-on training projects, students also develop leadership and social skills, which will make them vital members of the community.
The highlight of the show for Blanco was senior FFA member Quaid Haack, winning Reserve Champion with his Santa Gertrudis Steer. Not only did this qualify him for the premium sale, but he was also awarded an $8,000 college scholarship. In addition, Quaid placed a Chester White barrow 3rd in the market hog show, which also earned premium money in the sale.
Other steer exhibitors which placed high and made the sale were Hillary Calzoncit with a first-place All Other Breeds steer, Kylie Leachman with a fourth-place Charolais steer, and Keaton Dodd with a fifth-place Chianinia Steer. Not qualifying for the sale, but also placing high was Ryan Edwards with an eighth-place Santa Gertrudis steer.
Hillary Calzoncit also placed a Crossbred barrow sixth, which made the sale, while Grant Calzoncit and Layne Lassberg would just miss out on the sale placing seventh and ninth respectively in the Crossbred and Duroc classes. Other hog exhibitors who got pulled but did not make the sale included: Brenna Wallace, Keaton Dodd, Logan Dodd, Madison Kneese, and Joanna Delavan.
Although no lambs made it into the premium sale, there were several students who came close. Mindy Dechert placed ninth with a Crossbred Lamb, Tyler Hardin placed tenth in the Southdown division, and Logan Parker placed tenth with a Fine Wool.
Numerous students were also successful with breeding animals, as several placed high in their class. Kylie Leachman exhibited a third place Red Angus Heifer, Kaleigh Anderson showed a fifth place Duroc gilt, Mindy Dechert also had a fifth place Duroc Gilt, Quaid Haack exhibited a tenth place Yorkshire Gilt, and Hannah Garrett finished in sixth place with her Yorkshire Gilt.
Other activities the students took part in were the Livestock, Dairy, and Horse judging contests. Blanco also had four students catch calves during the calf scramble, with each receiving an $800 certificate towards the purchase of a breeding animal. These four included: Elise Edmondson, Ryan Wagner, Ian Ray, and Colton Childress.
Another big event was the School Tours Educational Program. Blanco had eleven students who volunteered to serve as youth leaders; these students were: Keaton Dodd, Kaleigh Anderson, Quaid Haack, Taylor McCormick, John Pepper, Mindy Dechert, Kylie Leachman, Lacee Hunter, Kelcee Hunter, Corey Dowlearn, and Tanner Reddout.