Falls City FFA claims a second-place win at state
Texas FFA State Vice President Tyler Reilly (from left) congratulates the Falls City Range & Pasture Plant Identification team, which won second place in state competition April 20 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Joining Reilly are Luke Jimerson, Jonathan Sekula, Theresa Fenner, and Chloe Wilson.
Twenty-one members of the Falls City FFA comprised five teams that advanced to State FFA Career Development Events in April and early May.
Two teams -- Milk Quality & Products Judging and Range Judging -- competed April 18 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
The Milk Quality & Products Judging team comprised of Cody Jendrusch, Jennifer Kotara, Quincey Olenick, Teree Jendrusch, and alternate Kayla Purcell finished 26th in a field of 50 teams, with 198 students across the state giving it their all.
The Range Judging team of Chloe Wilson, Colton Beam, Phillip Lyssy, and Luke Jimerson placed 41st in a field of 171 individuals.
Chloe and Luke traveled to Texas Tech University in Lubbock the next day to compete once again, but this time on the Range & Pasture Plant Identification team.
Leading the way with a second-place finish in state was Chloe, who placed second high-point individual in the contest against 85 other students. Rounding out the team were Jonathan Sekula and Theresa Fenner.
This win for Chloe and Luke continues their winnings ways, after their fourth-place finish at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March.
Also competing that day was the Entomology team, consisting of all seniors. Dylan Cheatham, Katy Wiatrek, Katherine Kilcrease, Jacob Frazier, and alternate Shelby Elkins placed 20th in a field of 49 teams and 182 individuals.
The final Falls City team to compete was the Ag Sales team, which earned 10th place in state. Tiffany Dziuk, Kelsey Labus, Taylor Moy, and Hailee Kowalik competed May 3 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville against 20 other teams. A total of 78 individuals competed in this event.
The state competition is the highest level these teams can complete. Watch for Chloe, who is a sophomore, and other Falls City FFA members to continue their winning ways -- in the classroom, livestock show rings, and the different sports events.