Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


March 27, 2010

A new queen is crowned


Working in the Texas heat and in the dirtiest barns around.  They put in countless hours of work to prepare for the day they all await for.

Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show crowned their 2010 queen, Courtney McKnight, on Saturday at the Cherokee County Show Barn.

“I sat in my seat thinking —’Oh well I am going to be 3rd runner-up, well no — I will be 2nd runner-up — Maybe I will be 1st runner-up’ then it hit me that

all the money I raised was more than all of the runners-up.  It hit me then, I was queen,” said Courtney McKnight, 2010 Cherokee county junior livestock show and sale queen. 

At 17 years old, daughter of Kim Gardner and Charles McKnight and senior at Jacksonville High School, Courtney McKnight has accomplished a lot in her FFA career. 

For three years she has worked tirelessly as a leader in her chapter. “Most of all FFA has taught me leadership skills like how to deal with a situation when two conflicting personalities but heads.

I have learned to deal with the situation in a way where the conflict is resolved and work is still accomplished. Also thanks to FFA, I have learned how to have the most fun possible and still get all my work done.” said McKnight.

During her 3 years in FFA she has been a part of three Junior Livestock Shows and this year she participated by showing a Horticulture project and a shop project. 

“My first project was a Calla Lilly which won Grand Champion,” said McKnight. “My second project was a TV stand and won a Blue Ribbon Award.”

Her past projects include a Goat stand and a goat.

During her time in FFA she has had a wonderful time learning and growing closer with the chapter.

“There really are too many things that FFA does that I love and have had a blast doing these past three years,  If I had to pick one activity that is my favorite, it would be our state convention that we go to every year,” said McKnight.

“During the state convention we go to Dallas and spend a week growing as a chapter, learning new things and just having a blast.”

Next year when the queen is crowned for the 2011 year, McKnight will preside over all of the weekends events.

“As queen this year, I look forward to grooming the new officers to do their best and making a difference for the Jacksonville FFA.” said McKnight.

“During the event, Jacksonville FFA as a whole did very well, I am excited to see what the turn out is next year, said McKnight.  “I would like to thank my family for all their support as well as my great instructors Rachel Fannette, Wes McFarland, Randy Tidwell and Marvin Kroft.

They are our driving force and they keep us motivated.” 

After high school, McKnight plans on attending Tarleton State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine and athletic training.

She would like to work as an athletic trainer when she graduates.


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