BEAUDESERT State High School and McAuley College are both among the nine schools from across rural and urban NSW and Queensland announced as finalists in the 2019 Archibull Prize and hoping to be named Grand Champion Archibull at the awards ceremony in Sydney on November 19.
Beaudesert State High School's cow, Hope and McAuley College's offering, Boots McOwley have already been transported to Sydney ahead of human helpers who will follow on in time for the judging.
Hope will be supported by three students and two teachers, while two staff members and five students from McAuley College will be flying to Sydney for the competition.
The Archibull Prize is an annual competition, from Picture You in Agriculture, for secondary students designed to encourage conversations about climate resilient farming and farming practices.
Each school researches an agricultural industry, looks at the challenges and expresses their solutions in animation, words and on a life-sized fibreglass cow known affectionately as an Archie.
Wendy Taylor from Red Blue Architecture and Design was the judge who had the hard decision of narrowing down Archies from the 18 participating schools to the nine finalists.
"We've had a great diversity of entries from a range of industries this year, with many showing a real connection to their local communities" she said.
"Our Archies are quirky, serious, fun, interesting and challenging with strong concepts and beautiful stories."
The 2019 finalists from NSW are Burwood Girls High School (representing wool), Granville Boys High School (representing eggs), Hurlstone Agricultural High School (representing sheep and wool), Manly Campus, Northern Beaches Secondary College (representing wool), Lake Cargelligo Central School (representing grains) and Wee Waa High School (representing grains).
The 2019 finalists from QLD are Beaudesert State High School (representing dairy), Canterbury College and McAuley College, both representing horticulture.
The 2019 Archibull Prize culminates in the awards ceremony to be held at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday, November 19 to be hosted by special guest and gardening guru Costa Georgiadis.
Multiple cash prizes, up to $1,000, will be presented to the winners as well as the coveted title of Grand Champion Archibull.
The Archibull Prize is supported by Australian Wool Innovation, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Hunter and Riverina Local Land Services, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Celestino and the University of New England.