Representing the Henrietta FFA chapter, 39 agriscience students traveled to Tarleton State University in Stephenville on Wednesday, April. 9 to compete in the Area IV FFA Career Development Events competition.
Henrietta’s dairy cattle, livestock and horse evaluation teams all qualified for state competition by finishing fifth or better in their respective Area IV event.
Some 1,056 individuals from 77 schools began the statewide-competition tournament in 13 different FFA team events which reflect agriculture expertise, leadership abilities and decision making skills which are all part of the agriculture, food and natural resources curriculum. State competition for dairy cattle, livestock and horse evaluation CDE’s will held in the next few weeks at three different locations — Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas A&M University in College Station and Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
State qualifying results for Henrietta are as follows:
Dairy Cattle — First in area and first in district. Team members are Braiden Hinkle, Klayton Hoff, Justin Koetter, Colton Terry and Alexina Wages.
Livestock Evaluation — Fourth in area and first in district. Team members are Macey Baber, Kolton Beeler, Connor Chambers, Lindsey Crafton, Adeline McDonnell, Brennan Nelson and Austin Trent.
Horse Evaluation — Fifth in area and second in district. Team members are Skee Burkes, Josey Cleveland, Laramie Dunn, Mikayla Graham and Cassie Pickett.
Hoff was the first high-point individual out of 99 students competing in the dairy cattle evaluation competition. Graham was recognized as the second high-point individual for horse evaluation competition. There were 165 contestant in this competition.
Other Henrietta FFA CDE teams faring well at the district level are as follows:
Range and Pasture — First place in district. Team members are Brittany Burns, Keaton Davis, Kade Finley and Caedran Nelson.
Poultry Evaluation – Second in district. Team members are Kirkland Hoff, Tyler McMurray, Andi Stewart, Justin Stone and McKenzie White.
Entomology – Second in district. Team members are Kody Franklin, Caleb Long, Sydney Garner and Kristina Aylor;
Milk Quality – Third in district, team members are Tejas Edwards, Lee McDaniel, Brianna Swaney and Hayden West
Land – Sixth in district. Team members are Leilane Barton, Nicole Bell, Kayla Francisco and Maddie Koetter.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of over 100,000 active FFA members. On average there are approximately 18 schools per district. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions.