Taylor Butler – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS senior, and very active, FFA member Jessica Bierds recently won third place in the Champions of Champions.

Champions of Champions is a program in which the Florida State Fair offers youth exhibitors the opportunity to show their prize-winning animals as well as the option of participating in numerous educational activities. The exhibitors not only earn animal premiums, but by participating in the educational activities, they can earn additional achievement premiums.

On the final day of the fair, the top 32 Senior Champion Youth Exhibitors compete to be the “Best of the Best” in the final round robin competition.

“It was so much fun and a great opportunity, I am glad I was able to do this,” said Bierds.

FFA adviser Susan Grainger explained how well represented the LRHS FFA was this year at the State Fair.

Meanwhile, other FFA members have busy days ahead, competing in career development competitions.

Thursday is the county land judging competition.  Students must evaluate soil and its characteristics such as texture, slope, nutrient content, and home site evaluation.  The LRHS team consists of seniors Alyssa Mckinney, Isabelle Chamness, freshman Savannah Cannon, and freshman Kora Turner.  Winners move on to the state competition.

On Friday, the members will participate in State Florculture competition.  Students must identify flowers and tools. Students also are quizzed on salesmanship, plant diseases and insects, water and soil relationships, and have to complete a practicum on how to create a boutonniere.  The team consists of Chamness, Bierds, McKinney, and sophomore Rylie Flores.  Last year the Mustangs finished second.

Also scheduled for Friday is the nursery and landscape operations state competition.  Students must identify landscape plants, tools, insects and diseases. Students are also quizzed on salesmanship, soil and water relationships, landscape plan estimates, and operational equipment safety. The team consists of seniors Cheyenne Helmbrecht, Daniel Kollar, and Clayton Mante.

Mustangs interested in FFA opportunities like this can visit room 913 for more info.

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