By LYNETTE HAALAND ,Four Points News
Vandegrift FFA teams are heading to state after mastering a variety of skills and advancing from area competitions.
One of those teams is making history. A new competition was launched by the Texas FFA Association this season and Vipers took the top prize.
The applied agricultural engineering team won the area contest on March 28 and state on April 1 under the direction of Joe Lemmons, VHS agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor.
“This was a huge deal because it’s the inaugural year for this particular competition,” said Magan Escamilla, VHS agriscience teacher and FFA advisor. “To be the very first champion is pretty sweet!”
The Viper wool judging team got 2nd place on April 12 and are advancing to state at Texas Tech University on April 23. Tori Jones (12th) got 1st high individual and Kaya Kinsey (11th) got 6th. Other team members include Brady Butner (12th) and Madison Slack (9th).
The Vandegrift vet science team got 2nd place at the area contest on April 11 and secured a state advancing slot.
At Monday’s contest Spencer Jordan (11th grade) was 3rd high individual and Eimhin Dewan (12th grade) was 10th high individual. Other members of the team are Tyler Mapes (12th) and Zoe Bush (12th).
The state vet science contest will be held on Saturday, April 30 at the Texas A&M University vet school.
Entomology competed at the area contest on April 2 and placed 3rd. The Viper team consists of Isabelle Autry, Lillian Nutt, Carly Johnson and Kenna Olson.
They advanced to the state contest that will be held at Texas Tech University on Saturday, April 23.
Applied agricultural engineering
The team consists of four Vandegrift seniors Joshua Ellenberger, Tristan Lowe, Javer Huertas, and Lucas Landrum.
Landrum placed 4th overall individually at the state contest, Ellenberger placed 9th individually, and Huertas placed 11th individually.
The 100-point exam included: welding theory, facts, technical information interpretation, welding symbols, electrode identification and selection, gas facts and selection, material costs, welding math applications, etc.