By: Lily Biggs, Contributing Writer
The FFA contest teams have been very busy this spring competing at various contests. Over the last few weeks, Centralia FFA has represented their chapter by advancing through all the contest levels.
The Area IV Contest was held at Centralia High School on March 20. The teams placed high in many of the contest categories: Ag Issues, 1st; FFA Knowledge, 7th; Annamarie Stone, 4th in FFA Creed; Schyler Angell, 3rd in Division II Prepared Public Speaking; Garrett Schuering, 2nd in Extemporaneous Public Speaking; Centralia FFA Scrapbook, 1st; Centralia FFA Secretary’s Book, 1st; Centralia FFA Treasurer’s Book, 2nd; Annamarie Stone, 1st place Record Book; Schyler Angell, 1st Place Record Book; Zach Schnarre, 2nd place Record Book; and Griffin Holliday, 1st in Equine Entrepreneurship Proficiency.
District contests were held in Monroe City on March 25 for the leadership contests and in Columbia on April 10 for the agriculture contests. CHS students performed well in their contest areas: Ag Issues, 1st; Ag Sales, 5th; Dairy Cattle Judging, 10th; Ag Mechanics, 3rd; Horse Judging, 8th; Dairy Food Judging, 13th; Food Science, 9th; Forestry, 19th; Livestock Judging, 19th; and Poultry Judging, 17th.
Missouri FFA State Contest took place on April 25 and 26. Teams competed for the number one spot in the state at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri. Ag Issues placed 1st in the State and will advance to Nationals, which will be held at National Convention in the fall. Ag Sales placed 7th and received a State Gold Rating, Ag Mechanics placed 7th and received a State Gold Rating, Annamarie Stone and Schyler Angell both won State Gold Ratings for their Record Books, and the Centralia FFA Chapter won gold medals for the Secretary’s Book and Scrapbook. Zane Stone, Brooke Schnarre, Tyler Reinard, Delany Mast and Ella Holiman all received Proficiency Awards for their SAEs, and Griffin Holliday received 1st place in the state for Equine Management Proficiency. He will also compete at nationals in the fall.
The Centralia chapter as a whole was ranked 18th in the state and first in the Community Development category. Scott Stone, FFA advisor, described this year’s contest journey saying, “We did our best. We have definitely gotten much better during the contest season. We had students who knew nothing about their contest who went to state. We had some teams that fell short. But that is all part of the learning process.”