Parker County Today May 2017 - Page 94

our youth: AG STARS Elizabeth Ellis Millsap junior shares her passion for chickens and rabbits BY SCOTLYN OGLE 92 Courtesy photo M illsap High School junior Elizabeth Ellis has shown animals since the seventh grade, getting involved through her dad, who showed when he was a child. He wanted his girls to experi- ence what he had experienced, including the fun he had in show- ing while he was growing up. Following in his footsteps, Eliza- beth quickly got involved with both FFA and 4H, doing every- thing from raising animals and showing them to livestock judging. Now, five years later, she continues to do what she loves.  t only 17, Elizabeth has shown goats, lambs, rabbits, and pigs. When she was a sophomore, she won Reserve Grand Champion with her poultry and Grand Champion with her breeding rabbits. She currently shows all over Texas.  “When we were getting ready to show in Houston and San Antonio, we had 150 chickens,” said Elizabeth. “Right now, we have somewhere around 200 rabbits, since we started our own breed- ing program.” She works hard daily to make sure the animals are fed, watered, groomed and have a clean place to sleep. The pigs, goats and lambs also must be walked every single day. Elizabeth’s favorite part about showing is getting to go on road trips to attend the different shows, and her favorite memories involve meeting new people at each of the shows. Last year she was the FFA Student Advisor at Millsap, and was promoted to vice- president for this school year. She has held many positions through 4H, but is currently the president in her branch and hopes to continue to hold posi- tions throughout the rest of her show- ing career.  “FFA is my ‘thing,’” said Elizabeth. “Everyone in high school has their ‘thing’ and this is mine. It is important to have something you are passion- ate about.” She believes that spending time with friends and making memo- ries that will last forever are impor- tant, and she feels as though FFA has helped provide that for her.  Besides showing, Elizabeth is also heavily involved with her youth group at her church and participates in events such as Leadership Train- ing for Christ. She also has a passion for photography and is inspired by local photographers like Jordann Foland and Jake Felts. In fact, she takes pictures just about anywhere she goes and constantly keeps her social media updated with her newest photos. “Photography is the way I share my point of view with the world,” said Elizabeth.  She hopes to attend Lubbock Christian University after high school and to eventually work for the National Park system. A