You may not know it, but Kitty Hawk Middle School has a class of students that are learning the principles of agriculture. Mr. Rumfield has been working with them on of the basics of growing plants and it's serving a two-fold purpose. The students are developing a green thumb while the campus gets better and better looking with the landscaping getting attention.
Landscaped areas can be a real job just keeping them maintained with controlling and pulling weeds and keeping the plants from getting overgrown. Nothing like a little sweat equity to keep your campus looking good while learning at the same time.
If you're a barbeque fan, you can enjoy some super smoked brisket or sausage with all the trimmings and support one of JISD's great magnet programs. The Judson Agriscience's FFA program has a wonderful Alumni Association that is hosting a barbeque fundraiser this Saturday, November 12th at Judson High School from Noon to 3 pm. This is an annual fundraiser that has been really popular and of course tastes great too.
It's not every day an Agriscience program has students that are recognized nationally. But Judson High School's Ag program is not just a typical program. The school's FFA chapter sent three students to the organization's national conference in Indianapolis Indiana and all three placed in their respective Food Products and Processing Systems categories.
Mallori Johnson and Sutton Horner took Gold Medals home for their project "The Effectiveness of Natural versus Artificial Preservatives in Snacks." Their project won 1st in state and they took 4th nationally.
Meanwhile, Samantha Obuch took her project “Bad To The Buns: Extending the Life of Baked Bread" which took the top spot at state, took 12th place nationally.
In addition, the Judson FFA received a 3 Star Rating for National Chapter Award...the highest you can get, with stage recognition at the conference. What a great program! Congratulations to these students and of course the instructors and program directors, including Mr. Jay Trees, for guiding a great program.
Mallori Johnson, Samantha Obuch and Sutton Horner show everyone their ribbons
While many students were using the summer to regroup a bit, Judson FFA students were busy receiving awards and recognition at the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention. They took a road trip to Dallas for the event and they didn't come back empty handed.
First, Samantha Obuch had an outstanding entry in the Food Processing category, division II and was awarded first place with her project called "Bad To The Buns: Extending the Shelf Life of Baked Bread Using Preservatives."
Samantha with her ribbon at the state convention
Then Mallori Johnson and Sutton Horner also participated in the Food Processing category division IV and took first place with her project "The Effectiveness of Natural Versus Artificial Preservatives in Creating Shelf Stable Snack Sticks."
Besides both entries winning first place in their divisions, they also advanced to the national level and were selected in the top fifteen to compete at the National FFA Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis in October. Congratulations to these students
In addition, the Judson FFA Chapter also received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating. The Gold Emblem rating is only for the top 10 percent FFA chapters in the state. The Judson Chapter will go on to the National FFA Chapter Contest to compete.
Finally, twelve Judson FFA members were awarded the Lone Star FFA degree. That is the highest degree that a student can earn from the Texas FFA. Congratulations to Ashley Chandler, Alexandra Covarrubias, Renae Hill, Jocelynn Hodgson, Haley Klar, Jenna Lehman, Machayla Longfoot, Kelsey Shumake, Regan Stanton, Sarah Stautzenberger, JB Trees, and Morgan Wintermeier.
Lone Star FFA Degree recipients
Team Members: Jocelynn Hodgson, Sarah Stautzenberger, Kelsey Shumake, Sydney Berry
Career Development Events (CDE) are opportunities for students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. Members of the Judson FFA went to Lubbock in April to compete in the state Wool Evaluation Career Development Event. More than 14,000 students began the contest in 28 different events ranging from technical, leadership and interpersonal skills to tests in teamwork. Judson placed 6th in the state Wool Evaluation contest. Congratulations to everyone!