VHS vet science team wins state 

Vandegrift’s vet science team won state: L-R Campbell Jordan (10th), Magan Escamilla (Vandegrift coach), Emma Tydeman (12th), Brooke Cox (9th), and Kirsten Tjelmeland (12th).

Vandegrift FFA’s vet science team won the state championship title at the Texas FFA State Vet Science contest hosted by the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine on April 27. There were 529 total veterinary science teams in Texas this season. 

By winning the state championship, the Vipers have qualified for the National Vet Science Career and Leadership Development Event Contest that will be held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis. 

“They will compete against the other state champions from across the nation,” shared  Magan Escamilla, FFA advisor at VHS. “This will be the Vandegrift FFA Vet Science team’s 2nd national appearance.” 

Aside from the 1st place team award, Vandegrift also had two individuals place in the top ten at state: Campbell Jordan – 2nd high individual and Kirsten Tjelmeland – 3rd high individual.

“Coaching the vet science team is hands down my favorite part of my job,” shared Escamilla. “When you pair that love for the event with students that put in all the work… exceed my high expectations, have an amazing team dynamic, and are fun – it’s like magic. These girls make it look easy but this is no small feat.”