The 2011 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Cover Girl winner representing Harlingen South FFA is Miss Mallory Freeman. On Saturday March 6 Miss Freeman was picked from a field of over 30 area young ladies to serve as the 2011 Rio Grande valley Livestock Show Cover Girl.

Mallory is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Freeman. This 17 year old is a junior at Harlingen South High School. She is a member of the Harlingen South FFA and currently holds the office of Vice President. As a member of FFA, Mallory has participated in several competitions such as Greenhand Quiz, Farm Radio, Dairy Foods and raised a pig. Her High school club activities include National Technical Honor Society, PTSA and Young Life. She is a member of the Lower Valley Cotillion club and Harlingen Youth Leadership. Her community services include volunteering at the Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, Feast of Sharing and Relay for Life. Her plans after graduation are to attend college and major in Communication disorders.

Chosen as first runner —up and representing Linn-San Manuel 4-H is Miss Vanessa Marie Hinojosa. Vanessa is the 17 year old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lucas G. Hinojosa. She is a junior at Edinburg North High School where she is an all “A” Honor roll student. Vanessa is a member of the Linn-San Manuel 4-H and currently serves as 2nd Vice President. Her livestock show projects include Simbrah heifer, steer, Western School Art, and Photography. She was awarded the Gold Star Award; the highest award in 4-H. She is a member of several clubs including FCA, Yearbook, D.I.R.T., and National Honor Society. Vanessa has participated in numerous 4-H community services such as canned food drives, Christmas toy drives for Driscoll Children’s Hospital and Edinburg Children’s Hospital and Tim’s Coats. She is a member of the Texas Calf Club Association, Texas Junior Simbrah/Simmental Association and Rio Grande Valley Simbrah/Simmental Association. After graduation her plans are to attend Texas A&M University and major in Animal Science then continue to Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

Miss Audrie Vela representing Edinburg FFA was picked as the 2011 second runner-up. She is 17 years old and a junior at Edinburg High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernesto Mascorro. She is a member of the Edinburg FFA and her projects have included Breeding and Market Cattle, rabbits, hogs and Photography. Audrie is on the varsity Cross Country team, Track team and is baseball manager. She is a Student council volunteer and a member of the Band Color guard. She helps with the Special Olympics and participates with Gear Up. After graduation her plans are to attend Texas A&M to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education and Communications.

Third runner up is Paola Casas representing Nikki Rowe FFA. Paola is the 16 year old daughter of Juan and Luz Hernandez. She is a member of the Nikki Rowe FFA and currently serves as Secretary. She is a junior at Nikki Rowe High School where she is a varsity Cheerleader and a member of HOSA. Paola has raised goats for 4 years as her livestock show project. She has helped with her church to feed the homeless and read to the elderly at nursing homes. She volunteers her time reading to the patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Edinburg. After graduation she plans to attend Texas A & M and pursue degree in medicine.

Megan Cruz is representing Edinburg North FFA was named fourth runner-up. Megan is the 16 year old daughter of Mrs. Tonya Gantt. Megan is a junior at Edinburg North High School where she is an “A” honor roll student. She is member of FFA, National Honor Society, Dirt Club, Book club and Parliamentary Procedure team. Her livestock projects this year are Simbrah Steer and Hampshire hog. Megan is on the Volleyball team. She attended Farm Bureau Leadership Camp. She received an E award for English and Science. Megan is a member of Gear Up. Her plans after graduation are to attend Texas A&M University to study Health Science and Pre-Veterinary. She plans to become a veterinarian.