FFA Goes To Area Convention And Competes At County Show

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Photo By Tyler Thompson

Junior Easton Rushing prepares his sheep for show. "Showing animal means a lot to me," Rushing said. "I could not imagine life not doing it."

Caroline Phillips, Social Media Editor

FFA has recently attended the Area VI convention and has competed in their county show Wed. through Fri. Each member has competed in different categories, and multiple students placed. 

“These shows are crucial to our FFA students,” agricultural mechanics teacher Casey Jones said. “This gives us a chance to see who we are dealing with.”

At the area convention, Sophomore Jayden Gregory placed 1st in talent and will be competing at the state convention in Dallas. 

“Singing is just my passion,” Gregory said. “I [was] really excited to perform at area.”

Junior Tyler Thompson placed fourteenth and freshman Jaqueline Brandon was announced Grand Champion for the rabbit show. Everyone that participated made the sale. 

“I was happy with how I did,” Thompson said. “I really enjoy being involved in all of the shows, and I appreciate the experience.”

For the broiler sale, sophomore Brooklyn Gilleland made the sale on Wednesday. In class, Thompson placed second, senior Bella Yoder placed 3rd and sophomore Sara Koonce won best in class for her breed of rabbits. 

“It was exciting that I did so well,” Yoder. “But, I really enjoyed creating bonds with the people there.”

The county show gives the FFA program a chance to compete against their main competitors. They will compete against schools such as Hawkins, Gladewater, Whitehouse, Arp, Troup and Mabank.

“I am really proud of our students,” agriculture teacher Stephen Hindman said. “I hope we continue to do this good.”