Waxahachie FFA Fall Recap & Spring Preview

Students from the Career and Technical Student Organization, Waxahachie FFA, represented WISD at several events over the past few months. The Waxahachie FFA serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with the Agriculture Food and Natural Resources career cluster. Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons to hands-on activities and competitive events.

State Leadership Development Events

Waxahachie FFA had a great run at the Fall Leadership Development Events with 13 teams competing at the district level and eight teams advancing to the Area VIII contest sending them home with the Blackland District LDE Sweepstakes award.

At area contest, WHS ended with sending three of those eight teams to represent Waxahachie FFA at the Texas FFA State LDE contest at Sam Houston State University.

 

The state qualifying Senior Chapter Conducting team consisted of Corinne Auvenshine, Jonathan Middleton, Ryan DeLeon, Meredith Fay, Brooke Trull, Tyce Mckie, Wesley Smith, Landon Jones, and Thomas Carlile.

They finished in the top 24 in the state out of 208 entries.

The state qualifying Greenhand Agricultural Skills Demonstration Team included Wyatt Caverly, Audrey Hammock, Jude Brown, and Kadin Vire finished in the top 24 out of 224 entries across the State of Texas.

The Senior Agricultural Skills Demonstration Team consisted of Cheyan Underwood, Landon Davis, and Kayla Milholen, who were state finalists and placed ninth out of the entire state of Texas.

2 students pose with their Texas FFA State LDE Senior Ag Skills banner showing they placed 9th at Sam Houston State University

District and Area Officer Election

The Blackland district FFA meeting was held at WHS. There are over 20 schools in our FFA district, and 100 schools are in our area. Students competed for an officer position through a series of taking a knowledge-based exam, interview, essay writing as well as giving a speech and having students vote.

WHS is proud to announce Jonathan Middleton elected to serve on the Blackland FFA District Officer team this coming year, and Corinne Auvenshine was elected to serve on the Area VIII FFA Officer Team.

boy & girl pose in their FFA jackets

Waxahachie FFA Livestock Show Team

Waxahachie FFA lamb and goat exhibitors traveled to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo January 24-27 — the first major livestock show of the spring season. Congratulations to all exhibitors for their hard work and dedication to their livestock projects.

8 students pose in front of Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo backdrop

Sheep Exhibitors: Kayla Milholen, Wesley Smith, Jonathan Middleton, Harmony Crowl, Philosophy Smith, Jayden Middleton, and Jesse Middleton

Goat Exhibitors: Mitchell Duke, Hunter Walker, Timothy Huneke, and Katlyn Smith

A special congratulations to senior Kayla Milholen, who placed sixth in the premium with her medium wool lamb.

girl poses with her lamb

Upcoming major livestock shows for the swine show team include San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the Belton Southwest Type Conference with rounding out the show season at the local Ellis County Youth Expo on March 29 through April 4.

Good luck to all of our exhibitors and their projects.

Waxahachie FFA Ag Mechanics Show Team

Waxahachie FFA was proudly represented at the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo Ag Mechanics Contest as well as the San Angelo Livestock Show and Rodeo Ag Mechanics contest.

These members planned, fabricated, and displayed their projects after many months of long hours and hard work.

Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo Ag Mechanics Show Results

Outdoor Chiminea (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Jaden Basham, Ashton Wright, Johan Castillo

Shop Table (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Thomas Carlile

Stand and Fill Deer Feeder (blue ribbon and 3rd in class)

Exhibited by: Bailey Wakeland, Aja Moreno, Juan Montelongo

Outdoor Rocking Bench (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Kayla Milholen

6 students pose at Ft. Worth Stock Show pose with their blue ribbons

San Angelo Livestock Show and Rodeo Results

25’ flat deck trailer (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Chandler Penny, Gannon Sigler, and Luis Galicia

Outdoor chimenea (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Gavin Bone

Shop table (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Joseph Perez

Stand and fill deer feeder (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Bailey Wakeland and Aja Moreno

Outdoor rocking bench (blue ribbon)

Exhibited by: Audrey Hammock

Waxahachie FFA Ag Mechanics Show team will continue traveling all over the state to showcase their projects. This includes: San Antonio (Feb. 21-23), Austin (March 6-7), Houston (March 20-22), and then back home rounding out their season with the Ellis County Youth Expo (March 29-April 4). WHS wishes these students the best of luck with their projects at all the shows this season.

Horticulture Science

Kayla Hughes’ Horticulture Science and Greenhouse Management class has been hard at work preparing for this year’s annual plant sale. Make sure to mark your calendar for Waxahachie FFA’s annual Plant Sale for Friday, April 17, 4—6 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.

8 students pose in the greenhouse with plants

The Waxahachie FFA is entering a very busy season now filled with livestock shows, ag mechanics shows, career development events, public speaking contests, and the plant sale. To keep up with them this season, make sure to like and follow their Waxahachie FFA Facebook page and FFA website.

WISD proudly supports these students, teachers, and organizations. For more information about Waxahachie FFA, contact Jake Mullican, James Glenn, Brooks Humphrey, or Kayla Hughes at (972) 923-4600 ext. 21712.