But while they won under the iconic clover leaf as 4-H members, others have been quick to claim them as their own, too.
“They are all Gordon Central students and F.F.A. members,” said Melissa Hubbard, F.F.A. advisor for Gordon Central. “We’re very proud of them.”
In fact, Timothy Hubbard, Langford and Crump won the state FFA contest last year, making them only the second team to claim both titles.
Timothy Hubbard was high individual in sheep, swine, reasons and overall.
Krissi McCurdy took second in swine third in cattle and second overall, Lea Crump second in cattle, third in reasons and third overall and Taylor Langford received first in cattle, second in reasons and fourth overall.
“They swept the contest by winning 114 points,” said Kurt Sutherland, UGA Extension Associate and livestock coordinator. The team will now head to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the national competition.
Also winning state honors was Gordon County 4-H’ers, Makayla Holmes, Caleb Carr, Will McDaniel, Kam Childers and Madison Rae, making up Gordon Team One, took home the state title, making it the fourth time in four years they won the honor.
Holmes won third in reasons, second in swine and was High Individual overall; Carr was first in reasons, first in swine, first in the questions class and placed eighth overall; McDaniel was fourth overall, Childers was ninth overall and Miller was 15th.
This making the fourth time in the last four years Gordon County’s Junior team took state. They also had another team to place fourth. Members included Landon Vest, who took second high individual, Russell Johnson, 17th, and Gavin Nesbitt, 24th. Other team members were Luke Stewart, Steven Price and Morgan Swaim. There were 14 teams competing.
Gordon 4-H senior team one placed third overall and can also travel to a national contest in either Harrisburg, Penn., Raliegh, N.C., or Shreveport, La. Team members are Madison Smith who placed eighth high individual, Katie Sutherland 14th, Anneke Carr 17th and Madison Holbert.
“We carried 19 kids to the contest which was more than any of the other counties. Lee Crump a long time volunteer coach and volunteer coach Melissa Hubbard worked hard to help get the teams ready for the state contest as well. We are very proud of these kids and their accomplishments at the state contest,” said Sutherland.
“The opportunities are just phenomenal said,” said Hubbard. “We travel all over, but it’s worth their time because they are meeting college administrators and industry experts. Colleges know who they are before they walk through the door.”
Gordon Central 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Teams placed first and second at the State Livestock Judging Contest in Athens on Saturday.
The 2nd Place FFA team has earned the right to compete at the American Royal Contest in Kansas City in October.
All members on both teams are being recruited by colleges and universities all over the country. Two of the senior members, Taylor Langford and Krissi McCurdy, have landed livestock judging scholarships for the next two years in Oklahoma and Kansas.