After all the scores were tabulated, the Union Academy Senior Team was victorious, winning UA’s fourth State Championship in North Carolina’s 4-H Senior Livestock Skillathon Competition. UA was recognized as the High Scoring Senior Team Overall, placing 1st in the Identification Category, 1st in the Quality Assurance Category, and 2nd in Evaluation.
Individually, Kaleb Pope was recognized as the High Scoring Senior Individual Overall in the state. Isaac Williams placed 2nd Overall in the Senior Division, Cade Stegall was 3rd Overall, Trey Howey was 4th Overall, and Elijah Williams was 6th Overall.
In the Intermediate Division (Middle School Division), Union Academy was the High Scoring Team Overall (winning the school’s second State Championship in the Middle School Division). UA was the High Scoring Intermediate Team overall placing first in the Identification and Quality Assurance Categories. Individually, Aubrey Mekus was the 2nd High Scoring Intermediate Individual Overall, while Kaylee Keeter was 5th Overall, and Cianna Delia was 7th 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). Her brother, Colton Alexander was the 2nd High Scoring Individual Overall in the state finishing second in two categories.
Students had to complete comprehensive team problems along with completing individual stations. Members of each team had to correctly identify and classify breeds of livestock, feeds, equipment and meats along with completing Quality Assurance and Animal Health and Genetics problems. In addition, the students had to judge classes of hay and wool and correctly evaluate a class of pork hams. Finally, each member had to take a comprehensive written test on questions related to Agricultural Economics, Quality Assurance, Breeding Scenarios, Product Administration, Animal Reproduction, Animal Nutrition, Marketing, Selection and Evaluation, and Agricultural Trends/Issues.
The UA teams are coached by agricultural teacher Michael Alexander.