The Grand Champion title had eluded Meador in past shows, with her steer earning second place as Reserve Champion. This July her steer will age out of the division, so the pair took the arena knowing it was their last chance to claim the title they had previously come so close to winning. After receiving the news she had won, Meador fondly remembered her experience from the year before.
“When we came in second place last year, the girl who won Grand Champion leaned over to me and said ‘this will be you next year,’” Meador shared. “It was really special to see it all come full circle.”
Meador, who is in her fourth year in FFA, inherited the steer as a six-month-old calf from her older brother who also was a Terrell High School FFA member. Ever since, Meador has spent her days walking the steer to help him gain muscle, as well as spending countless hours washing, grooming, and preparing him for show. She admits that the time, energy, and care she invests into her show animals is similar to a job.
“It is a daily commitment,” Meador shares. “You put in a lot of hard work, but it pays off in the end and helps you become a well-rounded person.”
FFA Advisor and Terrell High School Agriculture teacher, Kirsten Watson could hardly contain her excitement and pride when discussing Meador’s accomplishments.
“Not every kid can walk into the area with the professionalism that she does,” Watson said. “Her self-motivation paired with her natural ability gives her the potential to be at the top of her field.”
In addition to being a member of FFA, Meador is also the THS Cheerleading captain, Student Council Parliamentarian, and member of HOSA, PAL, and the UIL academic team. Congratulations CrisseiA’ne on this tremendous accomplishment!
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