Midlothian Mirror Managing Editor

It’s been a very good year.

The Midlothian FFA Chapter was honored by the Midlothian City Council recently for the fame and recognition they have brought to the community this school year.

“I have lived here 24 years and I have to say there is not an element of our community we can be more proud of than our Midlothian FFA,” said Midlothian Mayor Boyce Whatley. “This program is about more than ag projects, it’s about building leaders for our community.”

Both Midlothian City Council members Tommy Mitchell and Steve Massey are former members of the Midlothian FFA Chapter.

Massey echoed Whatley’s point that FFA develops leaders. He also recognized the teachers of the local FFA program and volunteers who help with students.

“We’ve got one of the best bunch of FFA leaders in the state and it shows,” said Massey. “We also have parents who take the time and effort to help their kids succeed.”

Mitchell said the numbers speak for themselves.

“Midlothian FFA is made up of more than 367 students,” said Mitchell. “It’s the largest chapter in Ellis County by more than 200 members and the third largest in the State of Texas.”

“I can’t believe all the awards and honors you received this year,” said Mitchell as he read a list of accomplishments.

The State Champion team consisting of Lydia Morris, Kevin Ellis, Alycia Pruitt, Clay Wammack, Daniel Bieber and Laura Randall represented Midlothian and the State of Texas at the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Contest that was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team placed fifth out of the 50 states that represent the National FFA Organization.

In March this team along with their Advisor Paul Booth, were inducted into The National Society for Agriculture Education Parliamentarians. These individuals received this honor by taking and passing, with a minimum score of 80 percent, a comprehensive exam over parliamentary law. This marked a first for a team representing the State of Texas.

The Jr. Chapter Conducting Team of Will Ellis, Hallie Oliver, Karmen Gillingham, Lindsey Pack, Colton Seeton, Justin Morris, Alyssa Collins, Garrett Cornett, Kaitlyn Denler, and Kaitlin Hopkins advanced to the Texas State Leadership Contest.

At the same State Leadership Contest, the Sr. Farm Skills Team was named State Champions out of 966 FFA Chapters. The members of this team were Jake Cannon, Alycia Pruitt, Lydia Morris and Xia Walker. The Midlothian Market Steer Show Team was awarded the Willard Allen Herdsman Award at the Ft. Worth Stock Show in February. The award honors the competitors in the junior show who demonstrate the most exceptional teamwork and presentation skills, both in the ring and the live stock barn. The award winning team consisted of Steven Massey, Kaylee Kuykendall, Keri Kuykendall, C. J. Hill, Mitch Hodges, Austin Reed, Clark Wickliff, April Starkey, Jake Cannon, J. D. Pruitt, Johnathan Douglas, Cameron Fussel, and Andy Moore

At the 2007 State FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development held at Texas A&M University, Kevin Ellis, Lydia Morris, Paige Horton, Garrett Cornett formed the team that represented Midlothian High School and the Midlothian FFA. This team was crowned State Champions and earned the opportunity to be the only team to represent Texas in the National Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event in Indiana in October.

At the Ellis County Youth Expo this past March, Midlothian FFA sent 185 students from the third to the 12th grade to compete in animal, shop and creative arts exhibitions against other Ellis County FFA and 4-H chapters. Midlothian FFA garnered the Grand Overall, and or, the Reserve Overall Champion in each event.

Events and Midlothian FFA students were:

Over-All Grand Champion Steer - Clark Wickliffe Over-All Grand Champion Lamb - Jordy Dudley Over-All Grand Champion Hog - Alycia Pruitt Best Of Show - Creative Arts Division - Lisa Adair (Charcoal Drawing of Horses) Over-All Reserve Grand Champion Lamb - Christian Bailey Over-All Reserve Grand Champion Meat Rabbits - Lydia Morris Over-All Reserve Grand Champion Market Broilers - Micah Williams Over-All Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat - Andy Moore Over-All Reserve Grand Champion Shop Project - Jake Cannon, Willie Cox, and Chris Hall Champion Jr. Showmanship Steer Division - JD Pruitt Champion Jr. Showmanship Goat Division - Ryan Rankin

Midlothian FFA also was named the winner of the over-all Herdsman Award for the 2007 Ellis County Show.