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Aldine students earn $202,000 in Projects at 63rd Annual Livestock & Art Show

Nimitz High School junior K’Ven Horn poses with his Grand Champion steer Deebo.

By Mike Keeney

Once again, the Aldine community stepped up to the plate and came through in a big way for Aldine ISD FFA (Future Farmers of America) students.

Aldine ISD employees and business partners pledged $202,000 to student projects during the Sale of Champions, which concluded the 63rd annual FFA Livestock and Art Show, held Jan. 26-28 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.

Nimitz High School junior K’Ven Horn raised the Grand Champion steer, purchased by the Superintendent’s Group for $12,000. Classmate Delana Temple raised the Reserve Grand Champion steer, purchased for $5,500 by the Optimist Club.

“It really means a lot to me,” Horn said after his steer Deebo earned the Grand Champion honors. “It makes me proud that this proves I did a good job of showing him. This experience has given me a lot of confidence.”

Timothy Greer of Nimitz High School raised the Grand Champion pig, and the Optimist Club purchased it for $5,500. Jaiden Harris of Eisenhower High School raised the Reserve Grand Champion pig. The Operations Group purchased it for $4,600.

Reagan Verhalen of Nimitz High School raised the Grand Champion goat. It was purchased for $2,500 by Beasley Tire. Aaron Hernández of Nimitz High School raised the Reserve Grand Champion goat. Beasley Tire purchased it for $1,500.

Temple also raised the Grand Champion lamb. It was purchased for $2,750 by the Nimitz Vertical Group. Rickey Evans of Nimitz High School raised the Reserve Grand Champion lamb. Beasley Tire purchased it for $2,000.

Hernández raised the Grand Champion turkey, and the Optimist Club purchased it for $3,750. Joshua Piper of Eisenhower High School raised the Reserve Grand Champion turkey. The Superintendent’s Group purchased it for $2,400.

Robert Allen of Eisenhower High School raised the Grand Champion broilers. Parker Supply purchased them for $2,750. Rodrigo Martínez of Eisenhower High School raised the Reserve Grand Champion broilers. The Eisenhower Vertical Group purchased them for $1,100.

Virginia Nevárez of Nimitz High School created the Grand Champion artwork. TCCA purchased it for $3,100. Alexander Baltazar of Eisenhower High School created the Reserve Grand Champion artwork. The Eisenhower Vertical Group purchased it for $4,200.

The Nimitz High School FFA team created the Grand Champion scholarship banner. The Nimitz Vertical Group purchased it for $1,200. The Eisenhower High School FFA team created the Reserve Grand Champion banner. The Eisenhower Vertical Group purchased it for $1,000.

Aldine ISD’s Career and Technical Department took every measure to ensure the safety and health of all who attended the 63rd Annual FFA Livestock and Art Show.