ABOVE, The winning team: Hayley Constable, Emily Shearin, Dylan Dixon, Verity and Jack Gett, Caitlyn and Maddison Galagher, Alana Bennett Clancy, Tom Pattison, Rylee Sadler and Harry Kinstler.
Wee Waa High School’s agricultural show team has secured a national title, winning Grand Champion school at the National All Breeds Heifer Show held in Dubbo recently.
Students exhibited five Charolais heifers for local stud Myona Charolais and won numerous awards.
Emily Shearin won reserve champion in Junior Judging, Maddison Galagher prepared and presented the reserve champion heifer in her class, Jack Gett won first place in his paraders class and Dylan Dixon placed fifth in his paraders’ class.
The national title caps off a string of wins for the show team this year.
Team leader Verity Gett says it’s an extraordinary effort considering the team was only formed a year ago.
“It’s been amazing, I think it’s because they’ve really been working as a team and taking on the responsibility,” she said.
“The students have such great work ethic, when we’re away at shows they get up at 4.30 am to feed the cattle and start preparing them.”
Show team students sacrifice sport activities to spend two periods each fortnight working with the cattle.
They have also been on several weekend trips to the Myona Charolais stud near Coonamble to practise with the cattle.
“It’s worth all the hard work to watch them succeed,” Verity said.
“It’s amazing what hard work and passion can do in a small school environment.” By winning Grand Champion School, the Wee Waa High School agricultural Show Team broke a four year winning streak previously held by Calrossy School in Tamworth.
The schools are judged on how they work as a team, preparation and handling of cattle.