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!
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.