FFA team wins honors in state competition

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The Southern Nash High School Future Farmers of America Livestock Judging team won first place in the senior division of the 2017 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event held in Wake County in November.

SNHS competed against 83 other teams for the top spot. The team members for SNHS included Raven Colbert, Justin Daniel, Stacie Winner and Taylor Hall. The SNHS team FFA adviser is Kristina Brake.

At the state event, participants were scored based on how well they apply livestock evaluation skills learned in the classroom. Each team evaluated six classes of animals, including one class each of breeding cattle, market cattle, breeding sheep, market sheep or lambs, market swine and breeding swine. Teams also defended the reasoning behind their evaluations to a panel of judges. Participants completed a written test and worked collaboratively with a team for a keep/cull activity. Completing these activities successfully required a good understanding of both animal science and herd management skills.

On the individual level, Stacie Winner placed sixth, Taylor Hall placed 12th, Justin Daniel placed 30th and Raven Colbert placed 40th out of 316 individuals competing. As the highest placing team at the state competition, the SNHS team will compete in a national FFA event at the National FFA Convention in October. The SNHS team will be recognized during the 90th North Carolina FFA State Convention in Raleigh in June. The team was also honored during the January Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education meeting this week.