Dale 4-H, Shawnee FFA take top steer awards,

Tecumseh FFA captured the two top honors in the heifer portion of the beef competition at the Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show and Dale and Shawnee students claimed the top awards in the steer portion.


The show at the Expo Center concludes this evening with the Premium auction. The PCJLS Appreciation reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. Awards/Scholarship presentation are slated to start at 6:30 and the auction itself at 7 p.m.


Cody Silas showed the supreme heifer with his Chi entry. He is a member of the Tecumseh FFA. Silas, 18, is a senior at Tecumseh High School and the son of Kurtis and Lisa Silas.


He’s been showing for six years in this competition, he said, and plans to attend OSU next fall to major in agricultural engineering.


On his first time to win this high of an award in the show, he said “it feels great.”


Silas also won the Grand Prosect Steer. About winning both honors, he remarked “It feels awesome to win both of them.”


Winning the reserve supreme heifer honors was Lacie Underwood, 18, a member of the Tecumseh FFA and a senior at Tecumseh High School. She said after winning “I feel like all my hard work in the barn paid off. I want to thank my parents and grandparents, Ag teachers for all their support.


Underwood, who recently was one of the Gordon Richards FFA Award recipients, said this is the first time for her to place this high in the beef competition. She won with her Simmental heifer.


Hannah Armitage, Dale 4-H, showed the grand champion steer. She is a senior at Dale High School and the 18-year-old daughter of Mitchell and LiAnn Armitage. She’s been showing since she was nine, she said.


Winning reserve grand champion steer honors was Haley Wolzen, Shawnee FFA. She’s a junior at Shawnee High School and the daughter of Jill and Troy Wolzen.


She won the honors with her Shorthorn steer. This is the third year for her to compete in this show. She said it’s the first time she’s placed this high.


An excited Wolzen said “I like how all kids in Pott County are so close.


Showmanhip winners in the beef competition include: Senior showman, Kylee Burris, Dale FFA; Intermediate beef showman, Sarah Armitage, Dale 4-H; and Lindy Nowakowski, Dale 4-H.


Sponsoring the top awards in the beef competition were:

Supreme heifer— Grissoms LLC

Reserve supreme heifer— Gateway Company

Grand Prospect steer— Jeff Walkingstick and Brown and Brown Insurance of Central Oklahoma

Grand Champion steer— Bancfirst, Shawnee, Tecumseh and McLoud

Reserve Grand Champion steer— Arvest Bank, Shawnee

Senior showmanship— Excel Auction

Intermediate showmanship— South River Genetics

Junior showmanship— Shawnee Tag Agency and Don’s Plants.