Wiggins FFA qualifies two state winning teams for Nationals
June 8, 2009
Members of the Field Crops Team were excited to be named the State Winners during the Colorado State FFA Career Development Events held on May 4, at Colorado State University. Nearly 30 minutes later the Dairy Evaluation Team also stood in front of a crowd of 1,200 fellow FFA members across the state as the second team from Wiggins to be named State Winners. Both teams will represent Colorado in the National Contests next October in Indianapolis, Ind.
Members of the Field Crops Team are Losha Frihauf, Nichelle Williams, Shelly Riblett and Nathan Frihauf. Losha (Fourth in the State) and Nichelle (Ninth in the State) each received a blue overall individually while Shelly and Nathan received red overall. The Field Crops contest consisted of plant and seed identification, insect identification, seed analysis, pesticide and label exams, and a general crops problem solving and a written exam.
Members of the Dairy Evaluation Team are Chance Robinson, Alex Steinbach, Cody Robinson and Alex Fierro. Chance (Fifth in the State), Alex Steinbach (Eighth in the State) and Cody (Ninth in the State) all received a blue overall individually. The Dairy Evaluation contest consists of placing classes of dairy cattle and defending their places with verbal reasons. Members were also given a class of producing cows with production pedigree records and asked to place them as well.
Ashlee Hayes placed Third overall in the Job Interview contest. Wiggins also had teams in the Ag Sales contest and the Floriculture contest. Members of the Ag Sales team were Kari Castor, Tioma Frihauf, Corey Miller and Brian Olson. Kevin Castor, Aaron Gross and Trista Lanze competed in the Floriculture contest.
Both State Winning Teams will be preparing to compete at the National contest. National contests are a little different than Colorado’s State contest. However, “it will continue to be an educational experience for the members” commented Rockie Ernst, Wiggins Agriculture Instructor. “Winning contests has never been the main focus in our program, but it is certainly nice when students have the success these members experienced and are rewarded for their efforts.”
Following the contests members of the Wiggins FFA toured Ranch Way Feeds in Fort Collins, Colo. Many of the members are involved in livestock production and it was a great opportunity to add to the classroom instruction as they seen the feed processing systems first hand.