Scramblers show in Houston


Amia Phillips, Academics Writer

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was held in the NRG Stadium, Arena, and Center. FFA members traveled with teacher and sponsor Kenneth Carnes to show their livestock and projects.

Since Ashlynn Smith, Dalton Line, Cassie Barnett, and Dillon Line caught in the 2018 Calf Scramble, they showed their heifers for the final time as scramblers at the Scramble Show on March 5-6. Ashlynn Smith placed 3rd and Dalton Line placed 4th . Barnett’s display won 2nd place and she came home with a $200 scholarship award and ribbon.  Also, James Smith caught in the scramble so he will be eligible to show for next year.

The Junior Heifer Show was March 7-9 where Ashlynn Smith placed 4th, Kaitlyn King placed 3rd, Sydnie Murrell placed 3rd, Dillon Line placed 2nd, and Dalton Line placed 4th.

“This was the best my heifer has ever done in a show since she has been competing,” said Smith. “It was exciting because she just keeps moving up and doing better and better as she gets older.”

Kadavion Bush entered his hydroponic solar-powered horticulture project as the only horticulture participant representing Chapel Hill.

The Rabbit Show was held March 2-4 where Ashlynn Smith received 3rd place with her Netherland Dwarf Senior Buck and 5th place with her Holland Lop Senior Buck. Paxton Baxter received 5th place with his Holland Lop Senior Buck. Amber Lee received 1st place and 5th place with her Polish Senior Does. Jessica King placed 7th with her Polish Senior Buck and 5th place in Polish Fur. Alexus Miley placed 8th with her Polish Senior Buck and 2nd place in Polish Fur.

Ashlynn Smith and Dalton Line received notice on March 8th, after judges deliberated, that they are the recipients of $3,000 scholarships based on all elements of their scramble commitments. The funds will go towards their college educations.

“Membership and participation has been up this year, and I feel really good about our numbers ,” said Carnes. “I look forward to the future and I think our performances will continue to get better.”

The Smith County Livestock Show will be held at the East Texas Fairgrounds on April 4-5.