BPA Qualifies for State!!
We took 6 students to the Business Professionals of America Regional Leadership Contest today in New Braunfels. All six placed in their events and four are state qualifiers.
Hailey Hernandez--3rd Place, Medical Office Procedures (State Qualifier)
Madison Polasek--3rd Place, Business Law & Ethics (State Qualifier)
Samantha Juarez--5th Place, Graphic Design Promotion
Alicia Burchell & Aleena Sweeten--2nd Place Broadcast News Production Team (State Qualifier)
Alexis Sweeten--3rd Place Human Resource Management (State Alternate)
Alexis Sweeten & Madison Polasek--3rd Place Presentation Management Team (State Alternate)
The FFA participated in the Area VII FFA Judging contests on Saturday held at Texas A&M University in College Station. Below are the results:
- The Horse Judging Team consisted of Haley McNulty, Hayley Tieken, and Kameryn Jones. This team finished in 43rd place in Area VII and 6th place in the Alamo District.
- The Poultry Judging Team consisted of Megan Alberthal, Michael Jordan, Trenton Kiser, and Wyatt Talley. This team finished in 15th place in Area VII and 5th place in the Alamo District.
- The Livestock Judging Team consisted of Payton Meuth, Zoey Wiatrek, Mikaela Talley, and Ryan Rakowitz. This team finished in 5th place in Area VII and 1st place in the Alamo District. This team will now advance to the State Judging Contest which will be held at Texas A&M in College Station on April 29, 2017. This is the 5th year in a row for the livestock judging team to qualify for state and the 9th time out of the last 10 years.
- The Milk Quality and Products Team consisted of Emily Mann, Alyssa Aicher, Grace Pierce, and Callie Czaja. This team finished in 2nd place in Area VII and 1st place in the Alamo District. This team will now advance to the State Judging Contest which will be held at Tarleton State University in Stephenville on April 27, 2017. This is the 7th year in a row for this team to qualify for the state contest and we have qualified for state every year we have trained this team.
We have a busy week this week. Our area contest was before some of the invitational contests that we normally attend to get ready for the area contest. Now we will attend those contests to get ready for the state contests.
Below is the latest information from the FFA/Ag Department:
- We will be having a highway cleanup on Monday April 3, 2017. We will meet here at the Ag building at 4:15 or you can meet us on Highway 181.
- The April FFA Meeting will be on April 24th in the FHS Library at 6:30 PM. Please note the time change and the place change. The change is because we are having FFA officer elections.
- Please also remember that the members did vote to make meetings and community service a requirement for members.
- I have gotten some emails about the meeting dates. Our meetings are on nights when we feel that we will miss the fewest members. We try to schedule around other events that are taking place but we know that we are not going to work around everyone’s events. If our system is not working for you or you have extenuating circumstances, please let us know and we will try our hardest to work around the issue.
- The county stock show requires us to see all thank you letters from exhibitors who made the sale before you can get your checks. Please let us see the thank you letters before you send them out. The show is hoping to have checks ready to release before the end of April.
- It is hard to believe but we are getting closer to the time when we need to purchase validation tags for 2017-2018. All steer, sheep, goats, and hogs for the state fair, and summer heifer validation numbers need to be brought to the Ag building by April 17. We will take that information at the April 17th meeting as well. All validation tags are increasing in costs. We know this is going to be a burden on some people who show animals. If it is, please get with one of us Ag teachers and we can work something out. All of the tags mentioned here will cost $17 per tag. These are not costs that we are increasing, these costs come from the state.
- Steer validation will occur on June 19 and 20 at the Wilson County Show Barn.
- If there are any exhibitors that are planning or considering showing commercial heifers in 2018, please let us know. The county show is wanting to make sure they can accommodate them if the numbers continue to increase.
- FFA Banquet will be on May 18, 2017. More information to come soon.
- We have Area VII FFA Judging Contests this weekend in College Station.
- Below is some of the results from the Houston Livestock Show:
- Bradley Meuth 3rd place ARB Heifer
- Hallee Orth 1st place ARB Heifer
- Kaydence Orth 4th place Simbrah Heifer
- Payton Meuth 2nd place Simbrah Heifer
- Mikaela Talley Reserve Champion Senior Simbrah Heifer
- The Tractor Technician state contest is held in Houston on Sunday and Monday March 19 and 20, 2017. Team members include Ryan Rakowitz, Nathan Pollok and Quinton Sansing. This team placed 8th in the preliminary round on Sunday which qualified them for the finals on Monday. In the Finals the team finished in 9th place overall.
- The livestock judging team competed on Monday March 20, 2017. Team members included Payton Meuth, Mikaela Talley, Zoey Wiatrek and Konstant Jarzombek. The team placed 15 out of 375 teams. Payton Meuth scored high enough to receive a calf scramble certificate.
- Halle Orth 9th Place Red Cross Steer
- Ryan Rakowitz 6th place tractor restoration project
- Riley Billings 3rd place tractor restoration project
The FFA has had several FFA members participating at the Houston Livestock Show so over the past week. Below are the results so far:
Bradley Meuth 3rd place ARB Heifer
Hallee Orth 1st place ARB Heifer
Kaydence Orth 4th place Simbrah Heifer
Payton Meuth 2nd place Simbrah Heifer
Mikaela Talley Reserve Champion Senior Simbrah Heifer
The Tractor Technician state contest is held in Houston on Sunday and Monday March 19 and 20, 2017. Team members include Ryan Rakowitz, Nathan Pollok and Quinton Sansing. This team placed 8th in the preliminary round on Sunday which qualified them for the finals on Monday. I the Finals the team finished in 9th place overall. Picture included is of the team with the prizes they won at the contest.
The livestock judging team competed on Monday March 20, 2017. Team members included Payton Meuth, Mikaela Talley, Zoey Wiatrek and Konstant Jarzombek. The team placed 15 out of 375 teams. Payton Meuth scored high enough to receive a calf scramble certificate. Picture included is of Payton with her donors, 35 Cookers – Terry Andrus.
Houston will wrap up this week and we will swiftly move on to judging season. Our Area VII Judging contests are next weekend.
Thank you for your time.
As we all move towards spring break, here are some updates from the FFA/Ag Department:
The members at the meeting on Monday evening passed all of the amendments that were proposed at the February meeting. Below is a summary:
- Members running for FFA office are now allowed to speak for 2-4 minutes. In the past it was 2minutes.
- FFA members are now REQUIRED to perform 2 community service activities that are FFA involved per year. The school district requires us as a student organization to participate in community service and so now we are requiring members to participate with us. We will have a minimum of 4 community service activities each year. Those are our adopt a highway 2 times per year, Christmas Caroling at the nursing homes and hanging peanuts downtown for the Peanut Festival.
- FFA members are now REQUIRED to attend 5 FFA Meetings in a calendar year. In the past it was 4. We have 5 meetings (April, May, September, October, & November) left before we sign up for stock shows next year. We are not required to sign stock show entries for exhibitors, if they do not attend meetings.
- The April FFA meeting will be on April 17th. We will be electing new FFA officers at this meeting for the 2017-2018 school year.
- We have a highway clean up on April 3rd at 4:15.
- We have a large number of students who are working very hard this spring semester to get ready for many different activities including stock shows, and judging contests.
- The Area VII FFA Judging Contests at Texas A&M are on April 1.
We hope everyone has a relaxing spring break. Good Luck to all the exhibitors showing in Austin and Houston!!!
Thank you for your time and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Floresville High School Ag Department
(830) 393-5370 Ext 21051
Congratulations to the following FFA members who excelled at San Antonio:
Lance Latka – 1st place Berk breeding gilt in the open show
Katlyn Leasman – caught a calf in the calf scramble
Mikaela Talley – Reserve Breed Champion Shorthorn Steer
Ryan Hudel – 6th place Market Goat
Mikaela Talley – Simbrah Heifer – Champion Sr. Heiferin Super bowl, 4th place showman, 1st place in Jr. Show
Bradley Meuth – ARB Heifer – 2nd place in Super Bowl, reserve showman, 2nd in Jr. Show
Payton Meuth – Simbrah Heifer – 1st place in the Super Bowl, champion showman, 2nd in Jr. Show
Kaydence Orth – Simbrah Heifer - 4th place showman, 4th place heifer in Super Bowl, 8th in Jr. Show
Hallie Orth – Simbrah Heifer – 10th place showman, 13th place heifer in Super Bowl
Lance Latka – 5th place Berk Market Barrow
Maegann Jarzombek – 7th place Dark Cross Market Barrow
Riley Billings – 2nd place Tractor in the Tractor Restoration Show
Ryan Rakowitz – 4th place Tractor in the Tractor Restoration Show
Sr. Livestock Judging team – 8th place team – team members are Payton Meuth, Zoey Wiatrek, Mikaela Talley, and Ryan Rakowitz
Jr. Livestock Judging team – 12th place team – team members are Isabella Chilek, Bradley Meuth, Peyton Jarzombek and Kaydence Orth
Keirsten Pophan – 32nd place turkey hen
FFA Livestock Judging
The FFA Livestock Judging team traveled to Robstown on Friday to participate in the Nueces County Livestock Judging Contest. This is the first contest that we have participated in this semester. The team of Ryan Rakowitz, Payton Meuth, Zoey Wiatrek, and Mikaela Talley placed third in the senior division. Payton Meuth was the high point judger of the contest, scoring only 9 points from perfect.
Here is some information from the Ag Department/FFA:
- The county show checks are here in the Ag building for the taking IF we have seen you thank you letters.
- The Jr. FFA member field trip is all set for next Tuesday to tour the field mill at Lyssy & Eckel Feeds and the dairy at Boening’s Dairy. We will meet here in the Ag building for lunch at noon and then head out. Lunch will be provided. We will return sometime after 5:00 PM. If your kiddo would like to go, please let me know by the end of the day on Wednesday June 1.
- Steer Validation will be on June 20 and 21 at the Wilson County Show Barn from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Fall Heifer validation will be at the Wilson County Show Barn on Tuesday June 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Please make sure that a parent is present during validation.
Please let us know if there are any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your time.
Floresville High School Ag Department
(830) 393-5370 Ext 1051