Members of the Blanco FFA Land, Range and Plant ID Teams are off to a strong start after competing in five different events to begin their judging schedule the final week of September. Of the five contests that Blanco competed in, the local FFA Chapter won three and finished 2nd and 3rd in the other two.
Blanco’s Range and Plant ID teams won top honors at the Comal-Guadalupe Plant ID competition in New Braunfels with Matt Pepper placing 2nd overall as an individual. Others placing in the top ten included: Tyler Hardin 4th, Ed Alvarado 8th, Sam Isenberg 9th and Callie Culton 10th. The Land team finished 2nd, with Joanna Delavan also placing 2nd individually. Others finishing in the top ten in land were: Britton Wagner 4th, Kenzie Johnson 6th and Skylar Itz 7th.
Following their strong performance in New Braunfels, the Blanco FFA traveled to San Antonio to compete in the 2nd Annual Bexar County Range, Plant ID and Land Contests. Blanco’s teams again did well winning both the Range and Plant ID competitions. In Plant ID, Blanco had 8 of the top 10 individuals with Erica Flores leading the way in 1st place. Others placing high included: Alley Penshorn 2nd, RanceDollahite 3rd, Megan Wier 4th, Mason LaBlanc 5th, Monica Flores 7th, Chad Marshall 8th and Kristen Bowman 10th. Senior Alex Gustafson ranked the highest locally in range placing 2nd overall followed by Sam Isenberg and Callie Culton in 5th and 8th respectively. The Land team also faired well placing 3rd overall with Morgan Lowak placing 7th in addition to Mike Gonzales finishing 8th and Elise Edmondson 10th.
These same teams, along with the Homesite team, will now look towards the Blanco and Hill District Invitational Contests coming up the first week of October. Advisors for the Blanco FFA are Felice and Jason Marek, as well as Sam Houston State University student teacher Stephanie Kozel.