Erin-Elizabeth Purcell – Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS FFA vegetable judging team took fifth place at the recent state vegetable judging competition.

“Out of twenty teams, finishing in the top five is a huge accomplishment for us, especially since our team was all kids who had never done veggie judging before,” said agriculture teacher and vegetable team adviser James Wheeler.

The team competed in six sections. Competitors took 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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“The test was incredibly difficult and unexpected. In vegetable identification rather than identifying the vegetable as a whole they would take parts of the vegetable, such as a leaf or root and have us identify it only from that which made it incredibly difficult,” said junior Daniella Levato.

Senior Madeline Fields added, “I have never competed in vegetable judging before so I didn’t know what to expect, but I greatly enjoyed the experience and bonding with my team.”

The LRHS FFA will be honored for this accomplishment with a plaque at the state convention in January.