Mallory Lloyd – Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS FFA and agriculture department had a successful weekend at the state competition in Gainesville.

The Horse Judging team consisting of Brooke O’Neill, junior, Madison Hartwig, junior Madeline Fields, and Hannah Yancey, junior, placed fifth in the state.

The team will be recognized at the Florida FFA State Convention.

The Land Judging team consisted of Abigail Lillibridge, senior, Talia Beltramea, junior, Morgan McGinnis, junior, and Savannah Cannon, senior.

This was the Land Judging teams first time competing in a competition and they placed seventh in the state.

The department also has planned major events happening over the next few weeks.

The LRHS Chapter was selected by the Florida FFA Board of Directors to host the FFA District X Leadership Development Events on Tuesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 13.

FFA Chapters from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, and Lee Counties will be competing at the Wakeland Support Center.

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April 6 will feature all public speaking events and April 13 team and tractor events.

On April 6, Senior Lillibridge is competing in the extemporaneous public speaking event and freshman Morgan Barton is competing in “Creed,” an event where participants recite the FFA creed from memory and answer three questions about it.

On Thursday, April 15 all FFA Officer Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due.

The department is searching for members to fill the positions of president, vice-president, secretary, reporter, treasurer and sentinel. Applications are in agriculture classrooms.

Meanwhile, the department plans a summer camp.

Counselor applications for the camp are due on Wednesday, April 7.

Ten camp counselors are needed to help with the camp and will earn volunteer hours.

There is currently a plant sale going on with order forms available here.

The Agriculture department is also looking for volunteers to assist with the community garden over the summer.