The Judson FFA is a great program that is well run and provides great instruction and work ethic for students. But it doesn't just happen. A program this successful is oiled with a lot of hard work, volunteers and yes fundraising. There are a couple of great opportunities coming up over the next several weeks. First the Judson FFA Alumni Association Bar B-Q Plate Sale. It's Saturday, November 14th from 12 Noon - 3 pm at the Judson High School campus. They've done this before and it was great stuff!
Then there is the Judson FFA Parent/Alumni Poinsettia Sale. The holiday plants are a classic and they're only $10 each. Please order by November 17th...pickup is Tuesday, December 1st from 4:30 pm to 6 pm at the Ag Barn behind the Performing Arts Center.
Making that transition from middle school to high school is a big step, but it's also something that should be celebrated...it's a time of growth and encouragement. Ag. Science Director Jay Trees and several Judson High School students took some time to literally build their own version of encouragement, by creating a wooden bridge for the Crossover Ceremony. The piece will be used at Judson Middle School for their 8th grade completion/graduation events. A big thanks also to Mr. McCoy who donated the wood for the project.
Members of the Judson FFA got the chance to test their knowledge in the best way...practically. Students traveled to several cities...Stephenville, Lubbock, Huntsville and College Station to compete in what are called Career Development Events or CDEs. These events build on what is learned in the classroom in ag classes and puts it into practice in real life applications. Different CDEs focused on specific areas in the agriscience world. Judson FFA students participated in the state Homesite, Dairy Cattle, Wool, Cotton, Nursery Landscape and Veterinary Science.
Judson's Nursery Landscape team (not pictured) came in 20th in the state. Team members include Tyler Bledsoe, Caleb Brister, Keshia Gutierrez and Daryn Garcia.
Judson's Home Site Evaluation team placed 9th in state. Pictured are Tarleton Professor, Advisor Michael Zarosky, Team members Regan Stanton, Alexandria Covarrubias, Brooke Duncan (2nd High Individual) and Emilee Hurst.
Judson's Dairy Cattle team placed 7th in state. 249 Dairy Cattle teams began the state tournament. Team members include Advisor Andrea Watts, Tyler Bledsoe, Joshua Borg, Mallori Johnson and Mary Push
Judson's Wool Evaluation team placed 9th in the state competition. Team members include Jocelyn Hodgson, Sarah Stautzenberger, Haley Klar and Kelsey Shumake (4th High Individual).
Judson's Cotton Evaluation team placed 49th in the state. Team members includ Sydney Berry, Breanna Hall and Brandon Billeck
Judson's Veterinary Science team came in 23rd in the state. Team members include Marissa Nordland, Amethyst Godina, Amanda May and Madeline Cerda.
The Judson High School FFA program has a fantastic reputation...only because it continues to produce excellent students with top quality projects year after year. Other schools know they have to bring their top game to compete against this FFA. In the recent FFA Area Contest, Judson's program was right up there placing in this very competitive event. The Veterinary Science Team placed 2nd and will be advancing to the state level while the Dairy Cattle Team placed 5th overall, but Tyler Bledsoe earned 1st place individual award. Their team also advanced to the state contest. Congratulations to these students as well as their advisors Lauren Henderson and Andrea Watts...and of course the head of the Judson Ag Program Mr. Jay Trees.
The Veterinary Science Team is made up of Marissa Nordland, Amethyst Godina, Amanda May , and Madeline Cerda and the advisor is Lauren Henderson.
The Dairy Cattle Team consists of Mary Pugh, Tyler Bledsoe, Mallori Johnson and Josh Borg and the advisor is Andrea Watts
One of the more popular events that helps raise money for the Judson FFA each year is the Drive-A-Ford fundraiser. Coming up May 2 from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm at the Judson High School parking lot. Just come by and spend a few minutes to check out and even drive a new Ford and Jordan Ford will make a donation to the Judson FFA. It's quick, easy and has impact. On top of that, the Judson FFA is partnering with Project Graduation to sell refreshments, and there will be a host of vendors there with booths that will be offering products from Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Posh, RBFCU and the Plaid Armadillo. Come on out, take a drive and help the Judson FFA!