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Hermitage, Arkansas 71647
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American Royal Championship Team

Members of the American Royal Livestock Championship Team: Madison McGhee, Abby Johnson, Sponsor Taylor Gwin, Samantha Clanton, and Lupe Martinez


Hermitage 4H Livestock Judging team won the 2017 American Royal Livestock Judging National Contest on October 26, 2017, held at in Kansas City, MO. As the representative from Arkansas, the team competed against 17 other states to bring home the title. As a team, they won the swine, cattle, and oral reasons portions of the contest, and were fifth in sheep. Individually, Samantha Clanton placed second, Abby Johnson placed third and Madison McGhee placed ninth.  Additionally, Lupe Martinez was a member of the Championship team and she placed third individually in sheep evaluation. All four team members are students at Hermitage High School. The team is coached by Taylor Gwin, Ag Ed Instructor at Hermitage High School.


The American Royal is an annual eight-week season of barbecue competition, rodeos, livestock shows, equestrian events and agricultural activities benefiting youth and education. American Royal has a long history; it began as a cattle show in 1899 in the Kansas City Stockyards. In 1926, the American Royal first invited vocational agriculture students to judge livestock. Selected contestants compete, as a team and individually, to judge groups of livestock classes. Each contestant will meet one-on-one with an official to give their reasons for their placement. Scores are based on presentation as well as the accuracy of placement. Contestants gain skills in decision-making, critical thinking, oral communication, and self-confidence in addition to advancing their knowledge of the livestock industry.





Arkansas placed first among 15 states that competed in the 38th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday July 30 through Thursday August 3, 2017. The Arkansas team members were Samantha Clanton, Curtis Sellers, CJ Morman, and Logan Williams all from Hermitage.  The team was coached by Taylor Gwin from Hermitage.

Teams from Florida and Louisiana placed second and third, respectively.  Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia also competed in this year’s Invitational. While at the Invitational 4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories. Events included tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, forest evaluation, the forestry bowl and a written forestry exam.

Samantha Clanton from Arkansas won the high point individual award. The other Arkansas team members also had high scores in the event.  Logen Williams was the fourth high scoring individual, CJ Morman had the seventh high individual score and Curtis Sellers tied for the eighth highest individual score in the competition.






The Hermitage High School forestry judging team was announced the winner of the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event on October 21, 2016. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team consists of Ethan Boykin, Hunter Saunders, Cade Wilkerson, and Connor Wilkerson. All  members of the team were named Gold emblem individuals. Ethan Boykin ranked fifth high individual and Connor Wilkerson ranked eighth high individual. Each member of the team received a plaque, an ax, and prize money. The event is sponsored by Husqvarna and John Deere. The team has been coached by Taylor Gwin, agriculture education teacher at Hermitage High School and Joe Don Greenwood, former agriculture teacher at Hermitage High School.


The National FFA Forestry CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills and knowledge in the area of forest management. Event components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree identification, timber cruising, tree/forest disorders identification, a chainsaw practicum, forestry issues interview, and a team activity. This team from Hermitage High School won the Arkansas FFA title, as well as the Arkansas 4-H title, followed by the 2016 4-H Invitational National title in a competition in West Virginia in July, a first for any team from Arkansas.




On August 4, 2016, the Forestry Team of the Hermitage FFA won the 

NATIONAL TITLE at the 4-H Forestry Invitational in Weston, West Virginia.

Congratulations to FFA Sponsor Taylor Gwin, Cade Willkerson, Hunter Saunders, Ethan Boykin, and Connor Wilkerson.

(Former agriculture teacher Joe Don Greenwood, not pictured)




On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Livestock Team of the Hermitage FFA won the 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP at the FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. 

Congratulations to Ali Hollingsworth, A'Kay Wardlaw, FFA Sponsor Taylor Gwin, Samantha Clanton and Baxter Harrod. 

(Former agriculture teacher Joe Don Greenwood, not pictured) 



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