RALEIGH – Union Academy placed first overall at the Southeastern US Regional/State Fair 4-H Livestock Skillathon Competition and crowned the 2019 State Fair Champion Senior 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team.
This is the second state championship Union Academy has earned this year in an agriculture-based competition. Team members also received individual recognition and honors.
The team is comprised of Trey Howey, Kaleb Pope, Cade Stegall and Isaac Williams. Agriculture teacher Michael Alexander served as coach. They competed against 20 other 4-H/FFA teams from eight states.
Students had to identify breeds of beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine as well as identify multiple pieces of equipment, feeds and meats. They also had to complete economic, quality assurance, evaluation and marketing team problems as well as judge classes of hay, wool and meats. Students took an exam that tested their knowledge of the livestock industry.
All four members of the Union Academy team placed in the top 10 individuals.
Stegall finished first overall, followed by Howey (second), Pope (fifth) and Williams (eighth).
The team was recognized as the High Scoring Senior Team Overall and the High Scoring Team Overall in both the Evaluation and Quality Assurance divisions. The team also placed second overall in the Senior Team in Identification division.