Local youth take center stage at SA show
Champion Poultry Evaluation Team — Advisor Ray Pieniazek, David Rennspies, Chloe Villapando, Jordan Pollok, Stephanie Geistweidt, Johnna Pieniazek, Kelsey Mihalski, Jared Maron, and Cheyenne Zaiontz
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo began with a bang when East Central FFA kids showed breeding animals, competed in contests, and continued into market week. Overall, East Central FFA members took home four $10,000 scholarships, racked up one grand champion, one breed champion, and one reserve breed champion. In addition, 18 animals placed in the breeding shows and 13 in the market division.
Two of the five East Central FFA field teams -- Meats Evaluation and Poultry Evaluation -- took top honors and were named champion, and a student won the Agricultural Science Fair -- Animal Systems Division.
The Meats Evaluation Team of Tommy Fletcher, Ciarra Gawlik, Jordan Hevner, and Shelbie Knox was named champion team. Individually, Jordan placed fourth; Tommy, sixth; Ciarra, 16th; and Shelbie, 19th. Other team members included Paige Kosub, Zach Franckowiak, and Matt Lozano.
Stephanie Geistweidt led the Poultry Evaluation Team to a first-place win and was first-place individually. Other members of the team who placed were Cheyenne Zaiontz, eighth; Kelsey Mihalski, ninth; and Johnna Pieniazek, 40th. Other team members included Chloe Villapando, David Rennspies, Jared Maron, and Jordan Pollok. Stephanie received a $10,000 scholarship for her outstanding efforts.
The Horse Evaluation Team of Anissa Cervera, Alyssa Denson, Hannah Ervin, Braydon Jobe, and Lauren Slattery placed fifth out of 186 teams. Individually, Braydon placed fifth; Hannah, ninth; and Anissa, 15th.
East Central also had teams competing in the dairy cattle and livestock evaluation contests.
Kylie Patterson exhibited her Science Fair project and was selected champion, receiving a $10,000 scholarship.
In the cattle division, a number of exhibitors placed, including:
•Santa Gertrudis -- Alyssa Denson, fourth; and Cassidy Denson, sixth.
•Limousin -- Trace Bettice, second; Julie Kosub, sixth; and Crystalyn Bettice, seventh.
•Simbrah -- Kevin Anderson, fourth; and Todd Bettice, fifth.
•Brangus -- Jordan Hevner, fourth; and Hanna Plate, seventh and eighth.
•Beefmaster -- Jaime Pooley, sixth and seventh.
•Brahman -- Kylie Patterson, champion intermediate calf; and Katie Kempen, first.
In the breeding swine category, East Central members exhibiting winners included:
•Spotted Poland China -- Shannon Zaiontz and Cheyenne Zaiontz, seventh place.
•Yorkshire -- Paige Kosub, first; Logan Taylor, second; and Torie Terrill, 10th.
•Duroc -- Paige Kosub, second place.
Rounding out the breeding division, Amy Beth Moran’s goats earned two first-place wins, while Steven Moran’s goat earned fifth.
The East Central exhibitors continued their winning streak:
•Tommy Fletcher earned a sale spot with his Fine Wool Cross market lamb, fourth.
•Kylie Wildman’s market hog, third.
In the market turkey hen class: Shelbie Knox, 14th; Shelby Pieniazek, 18th; Brianna Tully, 20th; Koy Dieckow, 23rd; Caid Franckowiak, 24th; Kaleb Brogden, 25th; Jareb Maron, 27th; and Lindsay Hamer, 30th.
Jordan Hevner earned a $10,000 scholarship for exhibiting the grand champion tom.
In the market steer show, Callan Sramek’s AOB steer placed fourth.
Kaitlyn Kempen’s steer was selected reserve champion Red Angus and earned her a $10,000 scholarship.
Kylie Patterson’s Brahman steer was selected champion. Since Kylie had already earned a $10,000 scholarship, her scholarship was passed to another Brahman steer exhibitor from Somerset High School.
For more information about the East Central FFA, contact FFA advisors Charlie Dylla, Danny Kempen, Lorie Kempen, or Ray Pieniazek at 210-581-1185.