By LIBBY CLUETT
MILLSAP – Millsap trustees saw a sea of students, parents and coaches, mostly wearing Bulldog maroon, at Monday's meeting, in which the school board recognized athletes and FFA competitors who worked this spring to raise the bar.
Millsap High School agriculture teacher Johnny Hook introduced trustees to the state-bound FFA livestock judging team, comprised of Mikelyn Kruger, Kyle Davis, Michaela Scott and Brandon Eason. This team won their district, which is made up of about 20 teams from 1A to 5A schools. They also placed eighth out of 70 teams at the area contest, qualifying them for the May 4 contest.
The team has three students “who had never judged livestock before this year,” Hook said.
Trustees also met the horse judging team, comprised of Michaela Scott, Ashley Lazenby, Jerrad Dittmer and Jayde Dittmer. Hook said the team placed second in district and 14th in area out of about 70 teams and also has three students who have never judged in FFA competition before. The team missed qualifying for state by two points, but with three freshmen they should get a few more chances.
“I would like to emphasis how proud I am of these judging teams; winning with the livestock team and placing second with the horse team is a great accomplishment,” Hook said of the young teams.
Likewise, trustees recognized students who played golf, tennis and competed in powerlifting.
Lauren Power qualified for state in girls' golf singles. In addition, athletes who qualified for regionals, by sport, are:
• In powerlifting: Sierra Jackson, Courtney Coker and Mitchell Coker.
• In tennis: Morgan Strickland qualified for girls' singles.
• In golf: Raelyn Littlefield, Jolee Carswell and Madison Walker qualified for girls' gold team regionals.
In boys' basketball, Jaxon Martin was named as second-team all-district and honorable mention Parker County. Dalyn Clanin was named second-team all-district and second-team Parker County; and Dailton Thomas and Michael Rogers were both named all-district honorable mention.