CHAMPIONS: State High crowned best in Queensland
DALBY State High School has replicated its magical achievements of 2016 at this year's Ekka in Brisbane.
The cattle team at the school has taken out the top crown, Most Successful School, for the second time in three years.
Mitch Franz had an Ekka to remember, being crowned champion junior judge, coming first in the intermediate judging and winning the team judging with fellow students Charlie Salter and Dan Grey.
Matilda Salter performed brilliantly to win the junior judging, 11-13 years, beating fellow team-mate Charlie Dudgeon in second.
The team, led by Travis Luscombe, took six students and seven head of cattle to the show.
Member Sue Burrowes said the success was a massive achievement for the school.
"This means a lot, for the agriculture programs we run it is a huge boost,” Mrs Burrowes said.
"It comes back to dedication and hard work, and all of the hard work is done by the students.”
Preparation for the show began at the start of their season, which was in February.
The side has competed in every district show in the region, starting with the Bell Show in March.
Success at the Dalby Show was followed by good results at Toowoomba's Farmfest in June.
The cattle team also produced solid results in the led-steer classes at the Ekka, collecting multiple placings.
"We hope this is setting our students up to advance themselves in the agriculture industry,” Mrs Burrowes said.
"We have also had terrific support from the community, particularly from Dalby Rural Supply and the Oakey-based Riverina.”