HEMPSTEAD — The 32nd annual Hempstead ISD FFA Project Show broke six school records in the Grand and Reserve Champion categories at the Waller County Fairgrounds.
Preliminary figures at the close of the auction on Friday night indicate this year’s sale netted over $83,000 for student exhibitors. Friday night student exhibitors and bidder photos were taken by Offsite Labs.
It was a great year for the FFA Scholarship fund as well. FFA seniors were in the ring when the scholarship pig was auctioned off to the highest bidder. The winning bid of $4,000 went to Lakey Electric-Craig Carr and Barry & Laurie Bettis this year. Additional add-on donations for the scholarship pig were received during the auction totaling $3,500. The money raised from the pig will go directly into the scholarship fund which benefits seniors in the Hempstead FFA Chapter through local scholarships.
The 2021 Champions were named at the Project Show on Thursday night. The results are as follows:
*Grand Champion Broilers- Haley Herbert, $3,000 purchased by Styers Construction
Grand Champion Rabbits- Matthew Wawarofsky, $1,600 purchased by Menke Farm & Ranch
Grand Champion Goat-Torrence Ross, Jr., $1,400 purchased by AJ Foyt Rolloff
Grand Champion Lamb and Showmanship Award- Alyssa Harvey, $1,000 purchased by Prosperity Bank Grand Champion Swine- Madison Kwiatkowski, $1,950 purchased by BK Construction
*Grand Champion Heifer and Showmanship Award- Claire Sechelski, $11,000 purchased by Davis Irrigation Services
Grand Champion Steer and Showmanship Award- Preston Gurrola, $2,000 purchased by Howard Insurance
*Reserve Champion Broilers-Haley Herbert, $3,750 purchased by Howard Insurance & Howard Farms *Reserve Champion Rabbits-Brandon Gallegos, $2,000 purchased by BK Construction
Reserve Champion Goat- Ariana Salazar, $1,100 purchased by JNM Ranch
Reserve Champion Lamb- Jacob Butler, $2,000 purchased by Edmonds Insurance, Coldwell Bankers, & Wittenbach Farms
*Reserve Champion Swine- McKayla Houston, $4,500 purchased by Styers Construction & Coldwell Bankers
*Reserve Champion Heifer- Brylee Sanders, $5,750 purchased by Waller Co. Paint & Body Reserve Champion Steer- Dontae Houston, $2,250 purchased by R. Group Realtors
The Hempstead FFA Chapter is truly grateful to the community for their continued support and would like to extend a special thanks to all the buyers at the 2021 FFA Project Show. The FFA Chapter is also grateful to everyone who contributed to the show’s success through volunteer services and monetary donations.
Anyone desiring to donate to a student’s project, the scholarship fund, or the 25 Club, may still do so by sending a donation to Todd Thiel at Hempstead High School, P.O. Box 1007, Hempstead, Texas 77445. For more information, call 979-826-3331.