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National FFA Convention - Texas Rewind
By: Tom Maynard, Texas FFA Executive Director
Last Updated: 11/29/2010 3:54 PM
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National FFA Convention - Texas Rewind
By: Tom Maynard, Texas FFA Executive Director
Last Updated: 11/29/2010 3:54 PM

Texans Dominate National Agriscience Fair

Texas members brought five national titles in the National FFA Agriscience Fair back to the Lone Star State, with 13 of its 20 entries finishing in the top three and 15 rated as gold in the four tier rating system (gold, silver, bronze, participant). Texans captured the greatest number of national titles, top three finishes and gold medals.

National Winners
• Bailey Brashears/Blake Conner, Frenship, Biochemistry/Food Science/Microbiology-Division III
• Tyler Thompson, Florence, Environmental Science-Division I
• Jayton Rainey, Slaton, Environmental Science-Division II
• Ariel Jones/Mary Lavender, Environmental Science-Division IV
• Cassidy Jordan, East Central, Zoology-Division I

National Runner-up
• Colton Hanson, A&M Consolidated, Botany-Division II
• Calli McIntyre, Jordan Brown, A&M Consolidated, Botany-Division III
• Colten Froneberger, Sulphur Springs, Engineering-Division I

Third Place
• Corrie TerHarr, Florence, Biochemistry/FoodScience/Microbiology-Division I
• Sondra Lohse/Chelsea Raymer, Judson, Botany-Division IV
• Hunter Howard/Tommy Rivoire, Krum, Engineering-Division III
• Patricia Ward/Tasha Womack, James Madison, Engineering-Division IV
• Kailey Miller/Madison King, Rouse, Environmental Science-Division III

Texans Sweeps Top Two Spots in Tractor Restoration
Texas entries swept the two spots in the Chevron Tractor Restoration Competition. Will Chappell and Tyrel Bohrer of the El Campo Chapter captured grand champion honor, with a 1966 Case 1200 Traction King. The Hondo FFA was named as national runner-up with a 1937 John Deere Model B tractor.

A Texas entry has won the national competition three of the past five years.

The El Campo and Hondo entries were two of twelve national finalists selected earlier this year. Eight of the twelve finalists were Texas entries. No other state had multiple entries amongst the twelve finalists.

Individuals or chapter teams document the restoration of old tractors in the competition and submit a detailed application which can be hundreds of pages long. Finalists make a 20-minute presentation to a panel of experts and field questions during a 15-minute question-answer round. Tractor restoration is used to teach the fundamentals of agricultural power in the agriculture, food and natural resources instructional program.

Texas CDE Entries Remain Strong in National Competition
In spite of not winning a single national championship, Texas FFA’s career development event entries turned in solid performances in national competition. Texans turned more top five finishes than any other state and tied with Missouri for the most top ten finishes with 13. More than half (57%) of the state’s entry’s finished in the top ten and 61% earned a gold emblem rating. 14 states failed to place any entries in the top ten.

National CDE’s—Texas Top 10 Summary
• National Runner-Up: Agricultural Sales, Orange Grove
• National Runner-Up: Food Science, Florence
• National Runner-Up: Marketing Plan, Madisonville


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