BEAUMONT — There's a lot of work behind the scenes before the auction.

People like Nederland High School senior Moriah Miller take great care of their steer.

"It's really sad to know that this year will be my last year in the show ring,” Miller said.

Auctioneers called bids that totaled thousands of dollars. A lot of that money goes towards kids’ college education. McCartney Miler, a senior at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School participated in her tenth auction this year.

She won grand champion in the steer and hog category.

"I can't explain it really, like all of the hard work paid off," Miller said.

"Kids should really do this because it's so much fun, and you just get a lot out of it, you know, like I'm the person I am today because of this organization, I've learned how to work hard and never give up," Miller said.

Moriah Miller says that it’s difficult to give up the animals after the auction.

"That's probably the hardest part is letting go of them and letting go of the bondage you had with the animal," Miller said.

Moriah plans to attend Dallas Baptist University to become a pastor. McCartney Miller will attend Texas A&M University and major in Business. McCartney hopes to sell livestock supplies in the future.