Oakhill College’s agriculture team returned with many successful results at the Castle Hill Show last weekend.
Agriculture teacher Kate Twomey said the highlight was winning the education display.
A group of 40 students also competed in the dairy cattle judging at the show.
Standouts among the students, who gave up their pupil free day to participate were: Cooper Vinci (Year 9), Ashleen Porteous (year 11), and Benjamin DePagter (year 11).
Benjamin also qualified to compete against the best in the state at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on April 23.
‘‘I think it was my drama training and skills in improvisation, with my debating experience, as well as my agriculture knowledge, together that allowed me to surpass the other contestants,’’ Ben said
On the Saturday (March 29), a large group of students entered the beef cattle section.
Year 11 student Jackson Vinci and year 12 student Harrison Miedler qualified to represent the zone in the Open Paraders Competition on April 11.
Congratulations also to finalists Nicholas Byrne-Quinn (second in class), Jacob Johnson (second in class), and Cooper Vinci (highly commended), who presented themselves and their animals professionally to the judges and the crowd.
Oakhill also entered a team in the Australians Young Farmers Challenge.
The team won their heat convincingly having demonstrated skill and efficiency in a variety of farm tasks from stacking hay, constructing sheep pens and cracking whips.
The team went down to Galston High in the final.