Union Academy fielded two senior teams, one middle school team and one 5th grade student who competed as an individual competitor in the Junior Division. Senior Team A included Kaleb Pope, Cade Stegall, Gracie Williams and Isaac Williams. Senior Team B included Ethan Arguello, Samantha Fronczak and Trey Howey. The Middle School Team included Aubrey Mekus, Clinton Mills, Kaylee Keeter and Elijah Williams. Lacie Alexander competed as the individual competitor in the Junior Division.
After all the scores were tabulated, the Union Academy Senior Team A was victorious, winning UA’s third State Championship in North Carolina’s 4-H Livestock Skillathon Competition. UA was recognized as the High Scoring Senior Team Overall, placing 1st in the Identification Category, 1st in Quality Assurance, and 1st in Evaluation. In addition, the UA Senior Team B was recognized as the 3rd place Overall Senior Team.
Individually, Gracie Williams was recognized as the High Scoring Senior Individual Overall in the state. Trey Howey placed 2nd Overall in the Senior Division, Isaac Williams was 3rd Overall, Kaleb Pope was 4th Overall, Cade Stegall was 5th Overall, Ethan Arguello was 9th Overall, and Samantha Fronczak was 13th Overall.
In the Intermediate Division (middle school), Union Academy was the High Scoring Team Overall winning the school’s first State Championship in the Middle School Division. The team won all three of the individual divisions (Evaluation, Quality Assurance, and Identification). Individually, Elijah Williams was the High Scoring Individual Overall in the state, winning all three of the individual categories. Clinton Mills was 2nd Overall, Aubrey Mekus was 3rd Overall, and Kaylee Keeter was 9th Overall.
In the Junior Division, Lacie Alexander was the High Scoring Individual Overall in the state. She won all three of the individual categories (Identification, Quality Assurance and Evaluation).
Members of each team had to identify and classify livestock breeds, feeds, equipment, and meats. In addition, each student had to complete a Quality Assurance problem, judge classes of hay and wool, and correctly evaluate a class of pork loin Chops. Finally, each member had to take a comprehensive written exam on questions related to Agricultural Economics, Quality Assurance, Breeding Scenarios, Product Administration, Animal Reproduction, Animal Nutrition, Marketing, Selection and Evaluation and Agricultural Trends/Issues.
Mr. Michael Alexander is the agriculture teacher.