Sienna Jones | staff writer
FFA placed first at the dairy cattle judging competition November 16 at Linn County.
Fifteen students competed, forming three teams: A team, B team, and an entomology team. Three of the A team competitors placed as individuals. Junior Calvin Magette earned 4th, freshman Karsyn Shoffner 11th and sophomore Aubrey Imthurn 12th. Freshman Mikayla Edds earned 9th for the B team.
“Dairy cattle judging isn’t usually one of our strengths, I had more hopes for our B team going into the competition,” FFA sponsor Danny Davis said. The A team did very well despite previously struggling, placing 1st out of 19 teams. “The A team definitely beat my expectations,” Davis said.
FFA traveled to Mission Valley the next week on November 21. The senior and freshman team did opening and closing ceremonies, while the freshman team also competed in parliamentary procedure.
The senior team did not do as well as they predicted. FFA vice president Sophia Castillo said “We did not place and it didn’t go as well as we would’ve liked. It came down to our level of preparation, and we all could’ve done worse and obviously could’ve done better.”
The Par Law team got 8th in its part of the competition, which is what brought down the overall score, while the Greenhand team earned 3rd overall. Freshman Cole Frank was the greenhand master secretary, as he was voted 1st out of 16 other secretaries.
“He presented his part the best out of all of the other secretaries, I thought he did very well,” Davis said. Frank also thought he did well. “I wasn’t shocked when I found out, but I was still happy about it.”
FFA just completed fruit sales, which is its biggest fundraiser. They head to Hutchinson Friday for livestock judging.