2005-2006 Livestock Judging Team Concludes Dominating Season! !
Another amazing season filled with numerous national accolades has come to a close for the Butler Community College Livestock Judging Program. The 2005-06 campaign added yet another chapter to the history of a program which is always among the nation’s elite.
“Obviously, their record of achievements speaks for themselves. They were a highly motivated group of young people with tremendous natural abilities and a work ethic to match. Their goal from day one was to be the very best and they certainly accomplished just that. Each time out they compete against the best in an incredibly intense environment. To consistently rank amongst the nations elite is an amazing accomplishment. Putting together such an impressive collection of national victories is icing on the cake. No team in the country can match their blend of natural evaluation skills and oral reasons excellence,” stated Coach Chris Mullinix.
For the ninth consecutive year Butler never finished out of the top ten in any competition. The team brought home 13 Champion and Reserve Champion team awards and had a total of 45 individuals recognized in the top 10 in competition. Most notably, the squad was named Champion at four of the most prestigious events of the year, including the National Western in Denver; the Southwestern Livestock Expo in Fort Worth; the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo; and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville. Additionally, this years talent laden sophomore group never ranked lower than fourth at any national contest and was named Champion or Reserve Champion team in the prestigious oral reasons division at every national competition! The team concluded the season with five students being named to the fifteen member “National Junior & Community College All-American Team! ”
Coach Mullinix was obviously excited by those accomplishments. “This group of sophomores has had an amazing run. I’m not sure I’ve ever worked with a more naturally gifted set of young people. The depth of this team and the ability of so many to step forward at any given moment truly put them in a league of their own. More importantly, they were fun and represented our institution in a professional manner. ”
The team has also maintained a cumulative GPA of over 3.6 during the season and each of the team’s graduates has received substantial scholarship money to numerous four year universities nation-wide.
“Perhaps the most exciting moments are yet to come,” states Mullinix. “I have no doubt this group will have amazing success at their respective universities and make a major impact in livestock industry in years to come. They will certainly continue to make the Butler community proud. ”