FFA teams place in top 10 at state

FFA teams place in top 10 at state
Posted on 12/10/2018
FFA state teams

The last couple of years have been quite historic for Alvarado High School’s FFA chapter.

Last year, two members sang in the choir at the national convention for the first time, but most recently, it had two teams place in the top 10 at the State LDE competition for the first time.

The Sr. Farm Skills team of Justin Crumption, Cait Moore and Parker Pollard placed fifth and the Jr. Quiz Skills team of Faran Atkins, Amber Campbell, Cadie Haas and Kayden Moore placed seventh at the state competition in Huntsville.

“I am extremely proud of these kids,” teacher Jerrod Crumpton said. “It’s extremely difficult to place at state – we don’t follow normal UIL guidelines with classifications.

“This is the entire state of Texas. There are 328 Sr. Farm Skills and 509 Jr. Quiz Skills teams across the state and we finished fifth and seventh. It really is an incredible accomplishment.”

In Sr. Farm Skills, teams perform an actual demonstration of an agriculture skill. Alvarado’s team demonstrated the process of sharpening a dull drill bit on a grinder wheel.

For Crumpton and Moore, it was their second time qualifying for state.

“We had never made the second or final round so that was something we were definitely striving for and we were pleasantly surprised when we advanced,” junior Justin Crumpton said.

For Pollard, it was his first time competing in the event.

“It was definitely a whole new feeling of pressure,” he said. “I didn’t just have to do good for myself, but two other teammates were relying on me. It was nerve racking like I’d never felt before.”

The Jr. Quiz Skills competition is based on an exam testing team members’ knowledge of the Gray’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure for FFA and FFA knowledge including history, facts, business structure, leadership and programs.

Because it was a Jr. team, all team members are required to be in their first year of FFA.

“It means a lot to us,” Faran Atkins said of placing in the state’s top 10. “We put a lot of hard work into it and to see the work payoff is a great accomplishment.”

Alvarado sends teams to the state judging competition in the spring almost every year. Sending students to state for Leadership Development Events (LDE) is not such a common occurrence.

“A lot more teams have the opportunity to advance in judging and we just haven’t had a lot who have advanced in the LDE events,” Crumpton said. “Those who have went to state didn’t advance to the second round or place in the top 10. Having two teams do it this year really raises expectations for us.”

The excitement from having two teams place high at state is something Crumpton expects to trickle throughout all aspects of Alvarado FFA.

“This is a good starting place for us to build on,” he said. “Now we’ve got a couple banners that say if you do what we coach or ask you to do you can be successful.

“It not only helps these kids for next year and gives them confidence, but it’s going to help our entire chapter.”

 While the two teams at state were firsts for the AHS program, the number of teams that advanced to area proves to Crumpton that the recent success is sustainable.

“We had five teams qualify for area for the first time in a while and all of those finished in the top half,” he said. “This gives our entire program the confidence that they really can compete at the highest levels as long as they stay on top of things and keep up their strong work ethic.”


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