2006-2007 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 team once again proved itself as one of the nation’s elite programs during the record-breaking 2006-07 campaign.
“It’s truly been a remarkable year for this deep and talented group of young people,” stated Coach Chris Mullinix. “They were motivated from day one to be the very best and thanks to their unequaled work ethic, talent level and intelligence they accomplished that very goal! To return home from every contest as the Champion or Reserve team overall and in oral reasons is an amazing two-year accomplishment for these ten sophomores. Obviously, their national victories were enjoyable but it’s their level of consistency that is most impressive to me. ”
For the tenth consecutive year Butler never finished out of the top ten in any competition. The team brought home 16 Champion and Reserve Champion team awards and had a total of 60 individuals recognized in the top ten in competition. Most notably, the squad was named Champion at three of the most prestigious events of the year, including the National Western in Denver, the Southwestern Livestock Expo in Fort Worth and the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. Additionally, this years talent laden sophomore group never ranked lower than second at any event 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 of success. They’ve set the bar high for future teams. I’m not sure I’ve ever worked with a more diligent and dedicated squad. 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. Every member at some point during the year hit the floor as a member of a contest winning team and over half our sophomores finished their two-year run with at least one contest high individual overall recognition to their name. More importantly, they were fun to travel with and always represented Butler with pride and professionalism. ”
The sophomore team has also maintained a cumulative GPA of over 3.7 during the season and each of the team’s graduates has received substantial scholarship money to numerous four year universities nation-wide. This year’s graduates have decided to further their education at Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University.