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PHS student earns FFA title for lamb

Phoenix High School freshman Jayden Vos received Champion FFA Market Lamb honors Sunday.(Photo courtesy of Phoenix High School)

Phoenix High School freshman Jayden Vos earned Champion FFA Market Lamb honors at the Jackson County Lamb Auction Sunday, with a lamb registered in the lightweight class that weighed 122 pounds and sold for $20 per pound.

The Future Farmers of America award represented a little bit of history for the school, according to Phoenix High agricultural sciences and technology teacher Jeremy Kennedy.

“This is the first time Phoenix High School has had a champion market lamb from our FFA chapter in a very long time,” said Kennedy, who is the school’s FFA advisor. “Jayden is a hard worker, which shows in her fantastic job raising and showing this lamb. Winning this award as a freshman says a lot about her bright future.”

Two other Phoenix High students also received awards Sunday. Freshman Julie Johnson won the “1st Blue” award in the lightweight class with a $15 per pound sale, and sophomore McKayla Hatfield-Calhoun won the “2nd Red” award in the heavyweight class with an identical $15 per pound sale.

The Phoenix High FFA chapter received another bit of good news recently when for the second year in a row it was awarded a $5,000 donation from the Morris Family Foundation. The donation will be used to help cover the chapter’s travel expenses during the 2021-22 school year.