Monto teens secure team judging win
AMY Birch finished her final year as a student participant at the Ekka with an achievement she will continue to remember.
The Monto High School Year 12 student led the school cattle club to victory in the prestigious School Team Judging category.
With 40 schools competing for the blue ribbon, it involved three students from each school judging four commercial cattle with one then doing a final presentation.
Nanci Wilson, Luke Aisthorpe and Amy were the chosen contenders, with Amy taking to the microphone.
"I felt a bit of pressure and wanted to speak well," Amy said.
"Not all schools were given a chance to speak because not everyone placed the cattle in the correct order.
"When I was in Year 8, I was relieved I wasn't the one to speak but, as I got older, I wanted to represent the school and it's great I got to do it on my last year."
Agriculture teacher Andrew Wallis said he felt extremely proud watching the cattle club students beat tough competition.
"They worked well as a team, outlining their individual key findings so that they could form a consensus," he said.
"From the outset of Amy's speech, it became apparent she was going to be hard to beat.
"She spoke with confidence, clarity and with a clear perception of why the team had placed the animals in their order."
Seven students represented the cattle club, with plenty of time for individuals to shine.
Highlights include Darcy Mortimer placing second in the junior paraders from more than 100 competitors.
Maddi Low received second place in RNA paraders and Luke Aisthorpe placed fourth in paraders from a field of 180 competitors.