Bordertown student wins 'Young Judges" award

Bordertown High School student Shania Cornish has won the South East and Border Shows Association 'Young Judges' competition.

Junior judging has become more popular at both the country and Royal shows, with increasing numbers of students participating.

Seven shows in the South East and Border Shows Association held 'Young Judges' competitions at their show.

All shows held beef cattle, meat sheep and fleece, except Keith and Mt Gambier, which only held cattle.

The most recent and final show in the season was the Mundulla Show which was also the only event to hold the five competitions (including Merino Sheep and Grain).

Shania was crowned first in merino sheep, grain and fleece categories, along with placing second in meat sheep and third in beef cattle.

After a succesful performance Shania received a total of 773 points.

To be a part of the competition, young judges must participate in three shows.

Shania had participated in both the Mount Gambier and Penola Shows last October, and combined with the Mundulla Show earned a winning total of 1210 points.

It was an extraordinary effort for Shania given that there were 116 competitors that participated in the seven shows.

Bordertown High School's agriculture teacher Kate McCarthy is proud of Shania's achievement and how she has grown personally. 

"We have really enjoyed watching Shania's love of agriculture grow.

"Her knowledge of the five key judging areas continues to broaden and her public speaking is excellent," Mrs McCarthy said.