Texas A&M Poultry Judging Team wins national championship
Dr. Jason Lee (back, from left) congratulates the Texas A&M University Poultry Judging Team on their national championship. Joining Lee are Ashley Hill, Amy O’Quinn, (front) Kyle Sells, Chris Clay, and Jake Pieniazek.
The Texas A&M University Poultry Judging Team traveled to Baton Rouge, La., April 6-9 to compete in the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest hosted by Louisiana State University.
The contest concluded with Texas A&M winning its 10th national championship in the last 11 competitions dating back to April 2006. The team consisted of four members, three of whom judged at the high school level at La Vernia, East Central, and Sandra Day O’ Connor.
The team won all three divisions, including Market Products, Egg Production, and the Breeder Selection divisions.
The team consisted of Chris Clay, high individual overall, first place Production Division, fifth place Breeder Division, and fifth place Market Products Division; Jake Pieniazek, second place overall, second place Production Division, third place Breeder Division; Amy O’Quinn, third place overall, second place Market Products Division; and Kyle Sells, sixth place overall and third place Market Products Division.
Ashley Hill was alternate on the team. With Chris Clay winning high individual for the contest, this marks the ninth contest in a row that this honor has been won by a Texas Aggie. The team is coached by Dr. Jason Lee.
Jake Pieniazek is a 2008 graduate of East Central High School and a member of the 2008 FFA National Runner-up Poultry Team. He is majoring in poultry science at A&M. Kyle Sells is a 2007 graduate of La Vernia High School and a member of the 2007 National FFA Poultry Championship Team from La Vernia. Kyle is a double major at Texas A&M majoring in poultry science and ag education. Kyle is the third member of Kevin Sells’ 2007 National FFA Championship team that has continued their judging career at Texas A&M.
Joshua Garcia was on the 2008 collegiate team and is majoring in veterinary medicine. Charlotte Salinas was on the 2009 collegiate team majoring in poultry science. Andrew Brietzke was the fourth member of the 2007 team and has continued his judging career by helping coach the Livestock Judging Team at Texas State University while majoring in ag education.
For more information about the La Vernia FFA program, call 830-779-6630, ext. 3235.