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Southern Nash FFA team wins state competition

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The Southern Nash FFA Livestock Judging team are, from left, Raven Colbert, Justin Daniel, Taylor Hall and Stacie Winner

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Southern Nash High School Future Farmers of America Livestock Judging team won first place in the senior division of the 2017 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event in Wake County.

Southern Nash competed against 83 other teams for the top spot. The team members for Southern Nash included Raven Colbert, Justin Daniel, Stacie Winner and Taylor Hall. The Southern Nash FFA advisor is Kristina Brake.

At the state event, participants were scored based on how well they apply livestock evaluation skills learned in the classroom. Each team evaluated six classes of animals, including one class each of breeding cattle, market cattle, breeding sheep, market sheep or lambs, market swine and breeding swine. Teams also defended the reasoning behind their evaluations to a panel of judges. Participants completed a written test and worked collaboratively with a team for a keep/cull activity. Completing these activities successfully required a good understanding of both animal science and herd management skills.

On the individual level, Stacie Winner placed 6th, Taylor Hall placed 12th, Justin Daniel placed 30th and Raven Colbert placed 40th out of 316 individuals competing.

As the highest placing team at the state competition, the Southern Nash team will compete in a national FFA event at the National FFA Convention in October 2018. The SNHS team will be recognized during the 90th North Carolina FFA State Convention in Raleigh in June 2018. The team was also honored during the January Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education Meeting on Jan. 11.

The 2017 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event is one of 43 different career development events offered to North Carolina FFA members on the state level. The North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association sponsors the state Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event.

The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 19,735 student members preparing for leadership roles and careers in the science, business and technology areas of agriculture. There are 263 local chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Visit www.ncffa.org for more information.

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