In the spotlight

   Three local 4-H members made Whitley County proud Saturday evening as they showcased their livestock achievements at the 40th annual Indiana State Fair Sale of Champions. Katie Barnett (left), Jackie Leeuw (center) and Jackie St. George (right) bested hundreds of other fair entries in order to participate in the coveted spotlight sale.

   This is Katie’s third time in the sale; her first two trips to the sale featured lambs while this year she took home Grand Champion Meat Goat. The 16-year-old Whitko junior and daughter of Cindy Barnett sold her animal for $3,200.

   Jackie was a record-breaking name in the sale, as both Leeuw and St. George broke sale records for their respective entries. St. George, the daughter of Doug and Vicki Western of Larwill, sold her Champion Dairy Steer for $13,000 to a collaboration of buyers. St. George attends Columbia City High School and plans to attend Black Hawk Community College and Texas A&M upon graduation.

   Leeuw sold her Grand Champion Meat Type Chickens for a record $8,000 and briefly stole the spotlight from her birds when she took a moment to wish her mom a happy birthday and thank her for spending many birthdays at the State Fair with her and her brother Josh. Leeuw will be a sophomore at Columbia City High School and is the daughter of Bill and Lori Leeuw.