The Black River FFA Chapter was proudly represented at several State Spring Career Development Events on March 25, at the Ohio State Exposition Center in Columbus. Fifteen team members participated in the horse judging and general livestock judging competitions.
The Horse Judging competition consists of judging two halter classes, one performance, and a class of hay, identifying different types of tack and equipment, and taking a 50-question written exam. Overall the horse team placed 15th out of 57 teams and 419 individuals. The following team members participated: Kelly Wilson, Hannah McKenzie, Mya Kunsman, Madison Stuart, Brianna Englehart and Sora Edwards.
The General Livestock competition consists of members judging both breeding and market classes for sheep, goats, swine and beef cattle. Participants also answer conformation and production questions for each class in addition to completing a current market grid and 50-question written exam. Team members Eric Cordonnier, Breanna Clifford, Callee Aviles, Hannah Moskal, Anna Shearer and Taylor Hendershot earned a remarkable 26th place finish out of 117 teams. Great job to Callee Aviles, who placed 24th out of 955 individuals.
In addition, this year we also had our eighth grade members compete in the General Livestock CDE. Their team earned a remarkable 7th place finish and will receive a State top-ten plaque for their accomplishments. The team members included: Kailee Baker, Hope Diaz, Coleton Thompson and Shacoy Steele.
Great job to everyone on completing the Spring Invitational season and proudly representing the Black River FFA chapter.