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Weatherford FFA was proudly represented at the State FFA Judging contests April 21 at Tarleton State University in both the Dairy Foods and Range Evaluation contests. The State contest hosts the top-qualifying teams, showcasing the top students from its 81,000 members in the FFA student organization.
Austin Ingram was individually recognized, finishing in a tie for the 10th place high individual in Range Evaluation. Weatherford students have competed at the highest level this year by placing consistently in the top ten in many of the contests hosted by the FFA student organization.
The Range Evaluation team, consisting of Austin Ingram, Lawson Priess, Ali Cantrell, and Koby Wulfjen concluded their judging season, and finished in 10th place. Each member in the team competitions is very important as they contribute to the final score. Each of the competitions allows the team to gain confidence and experience. Working together teaches students to take responsibility and develop their skills so the team score will improve in each of the specific judging contest. The team is only as strong as its weakest member.
The Dairy Foods team, consisting of Tara Murray, Amanda Morris, Courtney Hale, and Skyler Dobbs concluded their judging season finishing 11th place. The team competitions are some of the toughest because each person must contribute and help the team in scoring. The Dairy Foods team has spent the year studying, preparing and competing to place as high as possible. A lot of individual time has been dedicated to learning how to work as a team and learn as much as possible about the materials they are tested over. The goal is to move up at each contest and finish strong at the state contest.
Weatherford FFA individual and team competitions have done an outstanding job this year and we want to congratulate each member on representing their school and FFA program. We appreciate all your sacrifices you made this school year.
Amber Jennings (pictures with Dairy Team) and KC Kemp, WHS Agriculture Instructors, have worked hard to prepare the students to compete successfully. Leaving before daylight and arriving home around midnight has been a challenge. Students love to sleep and their parents are to be admired as not one student ever missed a bus to attend a competition.