The FFA organization swept the CDE’s in September with several members receiving recognition. The fall Career Development Events took place September 13 and 14 with Floriculture, Meat, Livestock and Poultry Evaluation, and Forestry competitions.
Freshman Bailey Sayre said, “I was nervous because I hadn’t judged this competition before. I was excited though.” She came home with an award of ninth individual in the state.
The livestock team spends several hours judging cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. They are required to rank animals depending on structure, size, and breeding ability, as well as give oral explanations as to why they placed these animals the way they did.
Junior Lily Stalnaker said, “I was really jittery before the competition, but I was excited.” The livestock team went through their competition on the second day of the events.
Sophomore Lexi Knopp has been into livestock judging for the past 3 years, so she was a shoe-in for the team. With over 150 individual competitors, Lexi was awarded top individual in the state, blowing their top competition, Jefferson and Monroe, out of the water. To win top individual, you have to get the highest overall score.
Knopp says, “I didn’t get to go to the National Convention this year, so I’m hoping to have a first-place team next year and go there.”