Magnolia ISD recently held its annual livestock show and organizers said the event keeps growing every year.
"It was an extremely successful show," said Greg Golden, agriculture teacher at Magnolia West High School. "It went off without a hitch and the sale was better than last year."
There were more than 77 live auction animals and numerous post sale animals. Those and other add-ons raised more than $218,000.
Magnolia West Junior FFA member and sixth grader Mallory Knee had the big sale of the event, as her steer went for a whopping $11,000 and was named the show's grand champion. The grand champion hog was raised by Dustin Overton and went for more than $5,700.
Other winners include: Reserve Champion Steer, Baylee Goodall; Reserve Champion Hog Cole Wade; Grand Champion Lamb, Drew Chesire; Reserve Champion Lamb, Avery Jones; Grand Champion Goat, Maci Alexander; Reserve Champion Goat, Shelby Walling; Grand Champion Turkey, Coltin Walton; Reserve Champion Turkey, Kamryn Bevel; Grand Champion Broiler, Clayton Szymanski; Reserve Champion Broiler, Coltin Walton; Grand Champion Rabbit, Kenzi Burleson; Reserve Champion Rabbit, Ryanne Dolen; Grand Champion Heifer, Todd Wellmann; and Reserve Champion Heifer, Julie Webb.
Golden said that the students can use the sale money for any purpose they choose, but many use it for college.
"The kids get to keep the money from the sale and they normally save it to further their education after high school," he said.