Team Nemo is on a roll.
Nemo is an unincorporated community of less than 60 people in eastern Somervell County, but it was a force in this year’s Somervell County Youth Fair at the Expo Center.
On Friday, Nemo residents Hudson White and his sister Jenna White dominated the Market Steer category. Hudson’s entry earned the Grand Champion nod from the judges, while Jenna’s was the Reserve Champion. Then, on Saturday during the premium sale, Hudson’s steer brought in the highest bid of all entries, at $5,000.
Hudson and Jenna, along with Payton Alexander, an 11-year-old girl from Nemo, have informally become what they call “Team Nemo” — traveling with their trailers in tandem to larger livestock shows in cities like Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.
Hudson, 13, said this marked his first time to earn the top award in his three years competing at the local stock show. He won a Showmanship title three years ago.
He and his sister skipped the smaller animals and started off with the heavy duty stuff — steers — when he was only 11.
“We jumped in with big steers,” said Hudson, who is a 4-H member. “It’s enjoyable. I like getting to know the animal. They are kind of like a giant dog.”
Jenna, a 15-year-old FFA member, also started showing steers three years ago, but skipped the 2017 show. The brother-sister duo has competitive feelings, but mostly just support for each other.
“I feel that (in) our relationship, we’re pretty close,” said Jenna, who is president of the freshman class, is on the debate team and plays volleyball at Glen Rose High School. “Most brothers and sisters fight. It’s kind of like he’s my best friend, but he’s also my brother. During competition if I was getting worried he’d give me a thumbs up. That calmed me down.”
Hudson said, “I wanted her to win, but I also wanted to win. It’s more of a team than competition. It’s totally team.”
Jenna and Hudson, plus parents Jeremy and Misti White, have formed their traveling and support alliance with the other half of Team Nemo — 11-year-old Payton Alexander and her parents, Michael and Margaret Alexander.
Once again this year, Payton Alexander continued to have success. She took home three more belt buckles in Junior Breeding Beef Cattle — as Grand Champion in Junior Heifer Calves and Reserve Champion in Senior Heifer Calves — and in the Junior Showmanship winner in the Market Steers category.
Alexander also entered the Photography division in the Youth Fair Art show, and took second place in the Intermediate category for 3rd-5th grades.
“I’m happy to just go out and have fun and show everybody what I can do and what I learned over the years — and support other kids that were showing steers,” said Alexander, a member of the A-B Honor Roll at Glen Rose Intermediate School.
Alexander is also active in other areas beyond the show competition, being vice president of the Glen Rose 4-H Club and a director of the Texas Junior Angus Association.
At last year’s Youth Fair, Alexander won both the Grand and Reserve Champion titles in Breeding Beef Cattle, and Reserve and Junior Showmanship in Market Steers. In 2016, she had the Grand Champion heifer.
Alexander was voted as the nationwide “Kid of the Year” for 2016 on a children’s news online website called News-O-Matic. That was as a result of her raising $11,000 to benefit the families of the five law enforcement officers who were killed by a sniper on July 7, 2016 in Dallas.
Jeremy White, a Somervell County native, is the lead pastor at Stonewater Church in Granbury.