The Athens Review
At least one Malakoff youth appears to be a prime example of what FFA is about, and is a longtime veteran of stock show activities at the youthful age of 17.
Megan Dalrymple of Malakoff is a hard worker – so says her FFA Advisor, Kenneth Hancock. Both were at the Houston Livestock Show at the time of this interview showing her animal exhibits, destined to come back on Sunday, March 10. As it came out, Megan won third place in the brahma heifer show in the city.
“She‘s been involved in FFA for six years, and comes from an agricultural family,” Hancock said. “Her grandfather got her involved in showing Brahma cattle in Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth.”
Hancock said that among her many duties and activities, she is the Malakoff Chapter Vice President of FFA. She also takes courses at Trinity Valley Community College, and works at Brookshire’s in Malakoff. She is also a member of the 4-H Club in Timber Trails in Malakoff.
“She’s just a really sweet youth lady, and has a very high work ethic,” Hancock said.
Hancock said she is destined to have pigs, market hogs, country broilers, and a registered Brahma heifer in the Henderson County Livestock Show.
Megan is the daughter of Jason Dalrymple, a Dallas firefighter and Leslie Carter, a Certified Nursing Assistant from Malakoff. She is the stepdaughter of Kristi Dalrymple, a teacher at Tool Elementary.
“I’m interested in livestock. Since we began these 4H, I’ve shown everything – cattle, lambs, goals, pigs, rabbits and chickens in stock shows.”
Her stock show resume includes those in Fort Worth, the East Texas State Fair, San Antonio, Houston, Henderson County and Junior Brahma’s State Shows.
She has shown a Brahma heifer, a pig and chickens. She showed a heifer in San Antonio on Feb. 8 and in Fort Worth on Jan. 22. She was not victorious in either show. But, even in these, there was another type of victory.
“To not win didn’t bother me,” she said. “I know kids that worked as hard as I do, or harder. The experience itself is a great thing to happen.”
After she finishes at TVCC, she has been selected to continue her studies at Texas A&M University, where she will major in biomedical science.
Some of Megan’s siblings are also in FFA, and has shown animals, placing in past contests. They are Kimleigh Anding, 19; Allie Dalrymple, 14; Kyler Anding, 11; and Paige Dalrymple, 10.
Siblings not yet in FFA are Cash Carter, 6, and Erin Carter, 8.