Woman's Facebook post celebrating nephew's championship lamb goes viral

Post about Cy-Fair ISD student shared nearly 317,000 times

HOUSTON – How do you get a Facebook post to go viral?

Well apparently one way to do it is to start with a lot of predawn days inside the agriculture barn.

“It’s a daily thing like no days off. Hard work every single day,” Timothy Pace said.

Pace may only be a sophomore at Cypress Falls High School, but this year he's also a District Grand Champion.

How did he do it?

One word: dedication.

"At 5 (a.m.) I would wake up, go feed my lamb, come back to the house, get dressed then another day at school. Then around 6 (p.m.), go back up, feed my lamb, work her out and everything and probably don’t leave the barn until about 8:30, 9,” Pace said.

All of that led to the moment he was declared grand champion which was followed by another moment. Pace's mother took a photo right after his win which was reposted by his aunt Julia Brown.

“I wanted to acknowledge his accomplishment, that was about him, but more so to acknowledge the accomplishment of a kid,” Brown said.

Apparently she wasn't the only one who thought he was deserving. It only took a few hours before Brown heard the news.

“I just got a phone call saying ‘Hey your post went viral,’” recalls Julia.

“She was like ‘Tim, Tim the post went viral’ and everybody started going crazy,” said Pace of his aunt.

Then the messages of congratulations began coming in from Wyoming, California, New York, Georgia, Alaska, Australia and on.

Not only that, but it's still spreading.

“I'm getting anywhere from 150 to 200 to 250 instant messages a day,” says Julia.

So how does Julia feel that her positive post about how it seems only negative posts go viral, went viral?

“I'm not one to always want to be wrong, and anybody that knows me can tell you that, but I’m glad I’m wrong this time," Brown said.

Despite the win, Pace’s pen won’t stay empty for long.

He’s already got plans to buy his next lamb and show it at the state fair.

As for the long-term, he hopes to attend Texas A&M University and become a veterinarian.