Houston – The Last Results

Team Members were Chandler Akins, Barrett Carlisle, Whitney Darr, Ethan James, Morgan Meisenheimer & Analena Simmons.

Alternates were Kallie Johnson, Will Johnson & Sarah Loughridge.

Team:

5th Overall, 3rd Reasons, 4th Sheep & Goats, 5th Cattle

Individuals:

Chandler Akins: 7th Overall, 3rd Cattle, 9th Placings, 12th Oral Reasons

Barrett Carlisle: 10th Overall, 7th Sheep & Goats, 13th Hogs, 8th Oral Reasons

Morgan Meisenheimer: 18th Overall, 3rd Sheep & Goats, 3rd Oral Reasons

Whitney Darr: 6th Cattle

Top 10 in Sheep & Goats - Morgan 3rd, Barrett 7th

Top 10 in Cattle - Chandler 3rd, Whitney 6th

Top 10 in Placings - Chandler 9th

Top 10 Reasons - Morgan 3rd, Barrett 8th

Top 10 Overall - Chandler 7th, Barrett 10th

Also Morgan Meisenheimer & Chandler Akins were named to the 2011 Junior College Coaches Association list of All Americans:

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In general it is never an easy thing to accept that things have to come to an end – and the end of our junior collegiate livestock judging careers is no different. The past two years my team and I have spent at Butler have been nothing short of amazing. There were irreplaceable highs and disappointing lows, but no matter what the life lessons learned and great memories shared will remain in our hearts.

The night before Houston was bittersweet. There was that saddening knowledge that the next day would be the last time Chandler, Barrett, Whitney, Ethan, Kallie, Will, Sarah, Analena and myself would judge as teammates. No doubt, many of us also couldn’t help but think about how Chris has been an unbelievable mentor who has helped us grow not only as evaluators, but more importantly as people of value and integrity.

That strange feeling of the end remained the next morning. Still, there was no team in the building that laughed as much as we did as we sat in the stands awaiting the contest to begin. As I think back to the memories of Houston, this laughter is one of the first things that comes to mind and I believe it speaks volumes of the friendship the 2010-2011 team has developed.

There is no question, as a team we did not do as well at Houston as we had hoped. Yet, as we look to the past two years as a whole it’s so obvious how much we have accomplished and much of it comes in twos. We are a two time National Champion team with two All-Americans and two High Individuals at National Contests. However, I think nine is actually our number for we are a group of nine livestock enthusiasts and friends who have learned valuable skills that will allow us to lead lives of success.

Despite this chapter of our lives coming to a close, we all look forward to our next two years at our respective senior colleges and lifetimes to be spent within the industry we love.

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One Comment on “Houston – The Last Results”

  1. Kathy Gordon Says:

    Congrats to all! You have had 2 wonderful years to remember & cherish!


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