This past month, 38 Blanco FFA members traveled to Stephenville to compete in the annual Tarleton State University Invitational Career Development Events. The TSU Invitational is the largest event of its kind in the world, with almost 10,000 contestants each year. Of the 15 competitive events, Blanco competed in 7, with 5 placing in the top 10 overall.
Blanco’s Environmental Natural Resources team of Ecce Bradfute, Weston Copenhaver, Michael Gonzales, Lainie Parker and Trevor Hardin won first place in the ENR event with Ecce taking high point individual, followed by Weston in 2nd, Michael finishing 4th, Lainie placing 8th and Trevor ranking 9th. As a result of winning this event, the Blanco FFA Chapter was awarded a $1,000 TSU Agricultural Scholarship.
Blanco’s Entomology team also faired well as Grant Weaver, Rance Dollahite, Tim Goodman, MacKenzie Johnson, Megan Wier and Ryan Wagner finished 3rd overall. The Range & Pasture Judging Team, consisting of Mindy Dechert, Grady Childress, James Leachman, Taylor Hartman and Clint Dreyer, placed 9th overall with Mindy placing 6th as an individual. The Livestock Team also placed 9th with team members Alex Gustafson, Kylie Leachman, Sam Isenberg, Kellam Nabers, Tyler Hardin, Callie Culton, Ed Alvarado and Skylar Itz. Blanco’s Dairy Cattle Team did well, placing 10th. Team members included: Morgan Lowak, Elise Edmondson, Colton Childress, Britton Wagner and Susannah Campbell. Finally, in the land judging event, local FFA member Lauren Winn placed 4th overall individually combining with Erica Flores, Monica Flores, Joanna Delavan and Megan Andrews to place 12th as a team. In the horse judging contest, Alley Penshorn, Kristen Bowman, Kayla Scheidt and TJ Raby placed 29th overall.
Advisors for the Blanco FFA are Felice and Jason Marek. Student teachers also training and assisting with teams include Liz Murray and Maddie Hays from Texas State University.