Erin-Elizabeth Purcell – Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS FFA vegetable judging team is moving on to the state level vegetable judging competition.

Out of six original team members, four have been selected to compete in this competition being held Wednesday at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City.

The competition is rigorous and operates in six sections. Competitors will take a 50-question test covering topics of vegetable and weed identification, identification of harmful verses beneficial insects, placing classes of vegetable integrity, and a general knowledge true or false quiz.

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Agriculture teacher and vegetable team adviser James Wheeler said, “The team has been working hard in after school meetings and practices since October to ensure we do well at this competition. This is the first all-girls team I have ever personally managed for vegetable judging and they have not disappointed me in their motivation and dedication.”

The entirety of this year’s vegetable team has actually never competed in vegetable judging before, however several have competed in other competitions such as poultry and horse and dairy judging.

“My experience on the vegetable team has been nothing but rewarding. While the practices are often intense it is rewarding when I ace all of the quizzes and know the information. It has been a great experience,” said senior Madeline Fields.