Top 10 Spotlight: Dalton House Enjoys Competition

Top 10 Spotlight: Dalton House Enjoys Competition
Posted on 05/01/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Top 10 Spotlight: Dalton House Enjoys CompetitionYou don’t find too many high school seniors who are active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, raise pigs as part of FFA, active in UIL academics, start on the football team, and rank in the Top 1 percent of their class.

Meet Dalton House.

As the son of Dale House, the minister at Los Fresnos Church of Christ, House was raised with Christian values. “We were always taught to respect everyone we came across with, and to be kind and generous, and to work hard,” House said. “I really tried to set an example for my brother and sister. I was a stubborn little kid, so it took a little bit for me to learn that.”

When he got to Los Fresnos High School, he got involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and became an officer. He attended several camps and other FCA activities.

But House also had an interest in the FFA program. In the seventh grade, he asked his father if he could raise a pig, with the understanding that he would be completely responsible for its care.

Since then, House has showed a pig in at least three livestock shows each year since the seventh grade. Because his family lived in a neighborhood with no barn, he kept his pig at the Agriculture Barn at Los Fresnos High School. It was important for House and other students to prepare their animals for the livestock shows.

“I’ve always raised market animals,” said House, whose goal was to win Grand Champion honors and sell his pig to the highest bidder. “Whenever they were sold, they were sold to slaughter. We used that money to get another pig for the next year.

House knew that pigs were a big responsibility. His pig stayed at the farm of veterinarian Dr. Gary Crouch, who lived in the rural areas of Los Fresnos. During show season in the spring, that meant visits to his pig before school and after school. Like other students, House would have to feed his pig, clean the pen, walk them, and bathe them, and repeat the routine every day. On weekends, he would spend at about two hours working with the animals.

“It teaches a lot of value responsibility and work ethic,” he said. “There were times where I didn’t want to wake up and do it. But I had to see it through.”

Just like athletes prepare for games, FFA students prepare for their show season. Just like a sports practice, preparation is done before the show.

“Animals are very delicate. They need to be fed to feed them certain amounts at certain times, certain ratios of protein to fat,” he said. “You might think that animals aren’t ready to show. Pigs on average can gain about three times a day. You want to get to a point in their development where they can weigh 290 pounds.”

FFA was more than just showing animals. House served as Chapter Officer for two years, Area Officer-Elect 2013, and District President for a year. He competed in events from quizzes to dairy judging to speaking events.

But competition on the football field was just as intense. House started playing football in the fourth grade in the Pee Wee division of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of San Benito.

“There was nothing athletic about me when I was a young child,” he said. “I had to learn to enjoy sports, because I didn’t like to run or the idea of hitting people which can be a problem as a lineman.”

His father was a two-way, all-state tackle at Sinton High School, and he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

As a freshman, he was 215 pounds, but reached 265 pounds as a senior. “I added 200 pounds to my bench max, and 200 pounds to my squat max. I gained a lot of muscle, and I’m definitely faster than I was as a freshman.”

House was a two-year letterman on the football team. He played multiple positions on the offensive line as a junior, and was a starter at left guard as a senior.

“I have always valued my athletic achievements than my academic achievements,” he said. “I never carried the ball, but it didn’t matter, because I was on the field doing my job. I liked to go out there and be aggressive.”

His highlight was the Falcons’ 28-21 bi-district overtime victory over Weslaco. On the game-winning drive, he was called upon to be the lead blocker for quarterback Javier Cruz on four consecutive running plays.”

“When we got into the end zone and we held them in overtime, I was so happy that I couldn’t contain my joy.

But despite all of his competitive success, good grades were always a priority. “The good grades just kind of happened,” House said. “After a while, it was what my parents came to expect of me. Because of that, it was something I came to expect of myself. I spent my high school career maintaining my grades. Sometimes it was overwhelming. Sometimes there were nights where I didn’t want to do it. But I would find a way to get it done.”

He has not decided on a college, but has set his sights on majoring in Mechanical or Energy Engineering.

“It’s a very marketable degree,” House said. “I’ve always been interested in alternative energies to gasoline. It’s an issue in today’s society that needs to be solved. My passion is to finding a viable alternative energy source. I hope to work at a company like Exxon helping marketing the newest wave of alternative fuel energy. I’m big enough and strong enough to work with my hands as need be.”
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