Four teams from Sealy High School FFA recently moved forward in the state Career Development Events (CDE) competition.
In the CDE competition, high school FFA members compete to develop skills that apply to their classroom learning as well as possible careers. Sealy FFA has eight active CDE teams consisting of land, wildlife, dairy cattle, veterinary science, milk quality and products, floriculture, meats and livestock judging. These teams have been competing at various contests throughout the spring to prepare for the Area contest in hopes of advancing to the State contest.
This year the dedicated and hardworking members of Sealy FFA had great success and advanced four teams to state. The livestock judging, floriculture, meats evaluation and dairy cattle judging teams all placed in the top 15 percent at the Area 3 contest and advanced to compete against the best teams from across the state of Texas.
The Livestock Judging team of Allison Schram, Matt Young, Meghan Hein and John Owen have been working hard all year long and brought home banners from contest all across Texas. The Area 3 contest was held on April 1st at Texas A&M where the team posted a third-place finish out of 95 teams. Schram took honors as the High Point Individual against a field of 347 judgers. The team went on to compete against a field of the 96 best livestock judging teams at the State Contest held at Texas A&M University on April 29th. Against a tough field Sealy placed 15th in their seventh consecutive visit to the state contest.
The Floriculture team of Regina Fontana, Erin Steinhauser, Victoria Sosa, and Jayme Kana have studied diligently this year to learn a variety of plants, tools, and pest for their contest. The team has posted great finishes at many contest this Spring and won many top individual honors. At the Area 3 contest the team finished seventh out of 66 teams, with Erin Steinhauser posting a 12th place High Individual Finish. These girls are the first Sealy FFA Floriculture team to advance to the State Contest. At the Sam Houston State University State CDE contest the team placed 15th out of the 55 best teams in Texas. Regina Fontana placed as the 22nd high individual at the state contest.
The Meats Evaluation team of Danielle Thaxton, Kelsye Craft, Paige Schultz and Jordan Murray have been hanging out in meat coolers this Spring trying to stay warm while evaluating carcasses and cuts of meat. The team placed third at the Area 3 contest, with Kelsye Craft placing as the third high individual at the area contest. The team qualified for the State Contest for the 3rd consecutive year where they placed 24th out of 50 of the best teams in the State of Texas.
The Dairy Cattle Judging team of Layne Blevins, Kendall Young, Lesly Gonzalez, and Makayla Wallace spent the Spring studying their dairy facts, and learning the finer points of udder evaluation. The team traveled to Tarleton State University for the Area 3 contest where they finished as Area Champion against 29 teams. Layne Blevins finished second High Individual and Kendall Young came in fourth against the field of 110 judgers. The team made the trek back to Tarleton a week later to take on the top 54 teams in the State of Texas. The team posted a 24th place finish in their first trip to the State contest, and Blevins was the 10th High Individual out of the 210 judgers that qualified for the contest.