Members of the Sealy FFA Chapter traveled to Huntsville Dec. 1 to compete in Texas FFA’s Leadership Career Development events.
Sam Houston State University has partnered with Texas FFA in hosting these competitions for more than 80 years. Sealy FFA proved worthy and proudly share the results.
Sealy FFA qualified for the state competition by finishing first or second in one of the state’s 57 district competitions and first or second in one of 10 area competitions. More than 5,500 entries began the statewide-tournament in 13 different events which reflect classroom instruction in basic leadership skills.
In the Greenhand Creed Speaking contest there were 641 entered in the state tourney. Avery Oliver tied for 15th in the state.
The senior chapter conducting team of Paige Schultz, Meghan Hein, Danielle Thaxton, Kendall Young, Jaxon Zeller, Layne Blevins, John Owen and Kelsie Prazac earned second place among the state's elite from nearly 300 teams that started at the district level.
The Sealy team advanced through district elimination second place, first at the Area III LDE. On Friday they advanced through the first round at the Texas FFA LDE contest to compete in the finals on Saturday. This is the highest placing Sealy FFA CC team in the chapter's history. This team accepted the challenge, seized the opportunity to learn, work and win.
Their work can easily be traced back to early this school year when they began preparing but with a closer look you discover Seniors Paige, Danielle and Layne have invested four years into preparing for this year’s contest with Juniors Meghan Hein, Kendall Young and new members Jaxon Zeller and Kelsie Prazac and sophomore John Owen.
“They have inspired many, led by example and set a standard for FFA members present and future to follow,” said Troy Oliver of Sealy High School Agricultural Sciences and FFA. “They have earned my admiration for their team work, work ethic, passion and drive to succeed. They have embodied the 2017 Sealy FFA theme ‘dare to be.’”