The Blanco FFA Land, Range & Pasture, Plant ID and Homesite Teams completed a very successful fall judging schedule this past week as they won the Area VII Championship for each event. The area competitions were held at Freeman Ranch in San Marcos and were sponsored by Texas State University.
In Homesite, Philip Alvarado won high point individual with a perfect score followed by Carlin Green in 2nd, Ryan Edwards in 4th and Kenny Omo in 6th. Alternates competing for individual honors as well included: Kayla Scheidt 1st, Kasie Dowdy 2nd, Taylor Guinn 3rd and Lainie Parker 5th.
The Plant ID team claimed the top three individuals en route to the area title with Alley Penshorn, Rance Dollahite and Megan Wier taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Monica Flores placed 20th. Blanco also swept the alternate division with Deanna Sevilla placing 1st, followed by Erica Flores, Kristen Bowman and Mason LeBlanc rounding out the top 4 spots.
Blanco’s land team also finished 1st overall with Mike Gonzales placing 5th, Kenzie Johnson 8th, Skylar Itz 11th, and Elise Edmondson 20th. Alternates ranking high included Britton Wagner 1st, Megan Andrews 5th, Morgan Lowak 7th, and Joanna Delavan 8th.
Finally, in the Range & Pasture judging contest, Sam Isenberg ranked 1st overall, with Callie Culton placing 4th, Matt Pepper ranking 11th and Ed Alvarado finishing 12th. Also doing well in the alternate contest included: Kellam Nabers 1st, Alex Gustafson 2nd, Tyler Hardin 4th, and James Leachman 5th.
As a result of their success at the area contests last week, the Blanco FFA will be advancing to the state contests for the seventeenth consecutive year. The state competitions for each event will be held in April at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Advisors for the Blanco FFA are Felice and Jason Marek, as well as Sam Houston State University student teacher Stephanie Kozel.