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March 19, 2013

Swine King: Mildred's Seilheimer claims swine grand champion, credits sister's help (UPDATED with showmanship)

Corsicana — Raleigh Seilheimer hoped to get his pig into Saturday’s sale. He did a little better, and thanked his little sister in the process.

The Mildred junior, part of Mildred’s 4-H program, captured grand champion honors in Tuesday’s Swine Show at the Navarro County Youth Expo. In a banner year for Mildred, 12 Mildred 4-H or FFA participants placed in the top 5 of the six classes.

“Making the sale,” was Seilheimer’s answer when asked his expectations coming into the show.

So how did he climb to the top?

“My sister worked a lot with this pig,” he said.

That sister, Mildred 4-H’s Kalen Cope, placed third in Class 4. She also was named Senior Showmanship Grand Champion. Their cousin, Sadie Mitchell of Mildred 4-H, was second in Class 2.

Dawson FFA’s Montana Steele, who finished second to Seilheimer in Class 5, was named Reserve Grand Champion by Salado judge Dirk Aaron, a replacement for judge Galen McCune, who is suffering from cancer. Before shaking Seilheimer’s hand, thus branding him grand champion, Aaron praised this year’s crop of swine participants, their pigs and asked those in attendance to pray for McCune.

Meagan Weldon-Price of Mildred 4-H nabbed Senior Showmanship reserve grand champion honors, while McKenna Taylor of Rice FFA was third. Junior Grand Champion honors in Showmanship went to Katie Perkins of Frost 4-H, Reserve Grand Champion to Steele, and third place to Austin Pryor of Mildred 4-H.

Bailey Williams of Frost FFA, last year’s grand champion, had two Top 5 finishes in Class 1 and Class 3. In addition to Seilheimer and Mitchell, Mildred had three other Top 2 class finishes, with Austin Pryor in Class 3, Dalton Horner in Class 4 and Logan Smith in Class 6. All three finishers from last year were in 4-H, but two this year came from the Mildred FFA, now under the direction of former Blooming Grove High School standout Andy Calhoun.

Here are the top five in each class:

Class 1: 1. Lane Harrington, Frost FFA; 2. Reece Briggs, Blooming Grove FFA; 3. Megan Weldon-Price, Mildred 4-H; 4. Zane Thomas, Mildred 4-H; 5. Bailey Williams, Frost FFA.

Class 2: 1. Katie Yates, Dawson FFA; 2. Sadie Mitchell, Mildred 4-H; 3. Luke Dotson, Dawson FFA; 4. Isabel Robinson, Corsicana FFA; 5. Katie Perkins, Frost 4-H.

Class 3: 1. Grant Ecord, Corsicana FFA; 2. Austin Pryor, Mildred 4-H; 3. Taylor Parks, Mildred FFA; 4. Hunter Richardson, Corsicana FFA; 5. Bailey Williams, Frost FFA.

Class 4: 1. McKena Taylor, Rice FFA; 2. Dalton Horner, Mildred FFA; 3. Kalen Cope, Mildred 4-H; 4. Lacie DeRojas, Dawson FFA; 5. Ryan Pillans, Mildred 4-H.

Class 5: 1. Raleigh Seilheimer, Mildred 4-H; 2. Montana Steele, Dawson FFA; 3. Justin Smith-Lopez, Rice FFA; 4. Emily Stovall, Corsicana FFA; 5. Audrey Gent, Mildred 4-H.

Class 6. 1. Cate Harris, Blooming Grove/Barry 4-H; 2. Logan Smith, Mildred 4-H; 3. Keri Scott, Frost FFA; 4. Aaron Smith, Mildred 4-H; 5. Drew Miller, Corsicana FFA.

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