Weddle wins Premier Exhibitor at Dixie National

Shown, from left, Ladonna Williams, Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith, C.J. Weddle, FFA Advisor Amanda Taylor and Gov. Phil Bryant. (Courtesy Photo)

Shown, from left, Ladonna Williams, Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith, C.J. Weddle, FFA Advisor Amanda Taylor and Gov. Phil Bryant. (Courtesy Photo)

JACKSON – After testing, interviewing and showing at Dixie National competition, C.J. Weddle of Vardaman brought home a nice prize.
Weddle was named Premier Exhibitor for showing goats and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to the college of her choice.
The Vardaman High School freshman still has a few years to decide where to use her scholarship, but has had plenty of experience with animals and agriculture through her years with Calhoun County 4-H and now FFA.
“I was in the concessionstand during the fairs from the time I was born,” Weddle laughed. “When they built the new building (in Pittsboro), I had a pallet on the floor.”
Weddle’s accomplishment in Jackson at the Dixie National show included testing through ten different stations, showmanship and class judging. As one of the youngest competitors, she earned the highest score, 799.
“She worked really hard on it,” said FFA Advisor Amanda Taylor. “We were up here going over the parts of goats. She studied her tail off.”
In addition to her scholarship, Weddle had brunch with Gov. Phil Bryant.
She said she enjoys both the service and club projects in 4-H and working with animals in FFA.

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