Pennsylvania 4-H Member Tops Youth in Stockman’s Competition

Harrisburg – Jocelynn Whitsel of Huntingdon County Pennsylvania 4-H captured the top individual honor today at the 2018 Stockman’s Contest at the 2018 Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg. Whitsel was also on the team that placed second overall.

Bedford County FFA Team A took home first overall team honors. Team members included Luke Brambley, Samantha Vanpelt, Kylee Cessna, and Emily O’Brien.

Youth competed in 12 classes, testing their knowledge of livestock, wool and meat judging, quality assurance and equipment identification, and management. To prepare for the contest, youth spent time in and outside of the classroom learning the cuts of meat from cattle, sheep and swine; sharpening their knowledge of equipment; and placing classes of livestock. Youth were also encouraged to keep up with current events in production agriculture.

The top five contestants with the highest individual scores were interviewed by industry experts about current events in the sheep, beef, and swine industries to determine the Keystone Junior Stockman of the Year.

The event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Livestock Association and South-Central PA Cattleman’s Association.

Top 10 Overall Teams:

1st -  Bedford County FFA Team A

2nd – Huntingdon County 4-H Team A

3rd – Mineral County FFA Team A

4th – Dauphin County 4-H Team A

5th – Bedford County FFA Team B

6th - Huntingdon County 4-H Team B

7th – West Perry FFA Team A

8th - Bedford County FFA Team D

9th – Lancaster 4-H Team B

10th – Lebanon County 4-H Livestock Club Team A

Top 10 Individuals:
1st -  Jocelynn Whitsel, Huntingdon County 4-H Team A

2nd – Sarah Sions, Mineral County FFA Team A

3rd – Kylee Cessna, Bedford County FFA Team A

4th – Timothy Oshell, Dauphin County 4-H Team A

5th – Luke Brambley, Bedford County FFA Team A

6th – Samantha Vanpelt, Bedford County FFA Team A

7th – Timber Thebes, West Perry FFA Team A

8th – Luke Snavely, Lancaster 4-H Team B

9th – Jarred Covert, Huntingdon County 4-H Team A

10th – Madison Koontz, Bedford County FFA Team B

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,400 beef cattle, 1,110 horse, 1,700 sheep and wool, 225 swine, and 260 goat entries in 2018. This year, more than 900 exhibitors from 25 states are competing in livestock events. The show also includes the 11th Annual Keystone Classic Barbecue Competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event to select the state's finest culinary competitors and the first annual ranch riding competition hosted by the East Coast Ranch Riding Association.

All events are open to the public with free admission and parking. Find more information and a complete schedule of events at