CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The heartbreaking loss of a home follows ninth-grader Morgan Kite wherever she goes.
Hurricane Harvey caused major damage to the Kite family's home in Port Aransas. Their animal enclosures where their pigs, goats and chickens lived were also destroyed, presenting a challenge for Morgan, who was in the middle of raising her goat "Smudge."
"It was difficult, especially for our animals," Kite said. "It was a lot of stress put on them."
All of Kite's animals made it out of the storm except for Consuela the pig, who had to be put down right before the hurricane made landfall.
"We just started crying so much," Kite said. "We got her when she was about one pound. She's a little baby pig."
Kite started showing animals in livestock shows when she was nine years old. She was a part of the Port Aransas 4H Club -- a passion that filled her free time until Harvey hit. After the hurricane, her 4H Club diminished.
"I lost my position as president, which I enjoyed a lot," Kite said.
Luckily, the Flour Bluff Independent School District's 4H Club was more than willing to take Kite in so that she could compete in the 2018 Nueces County Junior Livestock Show.
"I enjoy it over there. It's a little different. It's a lot bigger club than what we used to have," Kite said.
Kite also competed in this year's equestrian competition, proving that not even a Category-4 hurricane could stop someone from doing what they love.
"I was just hoping to get through the year, to be honest," Kite said. "She didn't place very high but I'm just glad we got to come."
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