Longview FFA places in statewide event for two straight years

Mon May 4, 2015
The group was also named Reserve Champion for Area VI at the state Meat Science Career Development Event held Saturday at Texas A&M University.

It is the second consecutive year Longview’s FFA contingency has earned the high honors.

The team placed 34th out of more than 1,000 teams across Texas, with Martin Moreno, De’Kaylon Dudley, Erik Perez and Zachary Gipson each garnering top10 percent honors.

“I’m extremely proud of this group,” FFA advisor John Denson said. “Not only did they go down to Texas A&M and make Longview proud, they raised their score over 300 points from last year’s competition.”

Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. Approximately 13,400 students began the statewide-tournament in 28 different events which reflect classroom instruction in technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of 109,000 active FFA members. Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions.