FFA Corner

Polk FFA Starts the Year Off Right

by JESSICA ANDERSON

Polk County FFA Federation has been extremely busy since returning in January from a much-needed holiday break. January started with the county Livestock Judging contest where middle and high school students gathered at Bartow High School to practice their livestock evaluation skills on bulls, steers, lamb, and swine. Many schools and teams are preparing for the state livestock judging contest that will occur in a few short weeks. The results of our county contest on January 13 at Bartow High School are as follows:

 

High School

First place: Haines City A team

Second place: Bartow Senior A team

Third place: Lake Gibson A team

High Individual for high school students was Cody Metzker from Lake Gibson High Schools

 

Middle School

First place: Frostproof Middle A team

Second place: Winter Haven Christian Middle

Third place: Westwood Middle

High Individual for middle school students was Hunter Brantley from Frostproof Middle 

 

Congratulations to our livestock judging students! We wish you all the best as you proceed to the next round of competition!

 

Florida FFA held the district round of career and leadership development events on January 25. Polk County falls in District 8 (out of 12 total districts statewide) for Florida FFA and held these events at Kingsford Elementary in Mulberry where tractor driving, creed speaking, and parliamentary procedure among other events had students battling to earn the top spot. Students had to qualify in first place in their respective sub-district round of competition to be eligible to join us at the district event. The students earning first place at the district event are those who will be one of the top 12 in the state event for Florida FFA. The results of our district events and those students who will be representing our district in the state contests are below.

 

Tractor Driving

First place: Joseph Shelton, Bartow Senior FFA

Second place: Wyatt Renfro, Auburndale Senior FFA

 

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

First place: Frostproof Middle FFA

Second place: Kathleen Middle FFA

 

Creed Speaking

First place: Clayton Keene, Lake Wales Senior FFA

Second place: Haylie Stephens, Kathleen Middle FFA

 

Prepared Speaking Middle School

First place: McKenzie Woodruff, Dundee Ridge Middle FFA

Second place: Leland Legos, Westwood Middle FFA

 

Prepared Speaking High School

First place: Reanna Brown, Haines City Senior FFA

Second place: Mykaela Billingsley, Auburndale Senior FFA

 

Extemporaneous Speaking Middle School

First place: Elizabeth Young, McLaughlin Middle FFA

Second place: Kyle Sereno, Westwood Middle FFA

 

Extemporaneous Speaking High School

First place: Dustina Garcia, Haines City Senior FFA

Second place: Brooke Butler, George Jenkins Senior FFA

 

Parliamentary Procedure Middle School

First place: Bartow Middle FFA

 

Parliamentary Procedure High School

First place: George Jenkins Senior FFA

Second place: Fort Meade Senior FFA

 

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work up to this point in the competition. We are excited to see some of the names mentioned above to bring the state title back to Polk County!

 

We are also very appreciative of our volunteers and supporters who help to organize and prepare these competitive events for our students and also those that serve in a judge capacity. Without a community to support agricultural education, these types of events would be nearly impossible to put together for our students. We recognize the hard work and dedication these individuals provide and we thank you!