FFA members receive high marks at state
Allie Harris finished ninth out of 678 total contestants in the Senior Creed Speaking contest, while the team of Cheyanne Burkham, Layne Gilbert, Chase Seale and Brandon Stuenkel were ranked in the top 20 of the state out of 533 Greehand Quiz teams.
There are 93,258 FFA members across the state.
Student training for the LDE begins each fall in Agricultural Science classrooms and schools can only have one team entered per event at the district level.
A total of 5,153 entries were registered in Texas. The top three teams then advance to the 10 different area contests.
Lindale is within Area 6, which has more schools and students than any other region in the state.
At the area competition, contestants and teams are narrowed down to the top two which qualify for state.
From there, the top 10 in the state are ranked in order.
State Board of Education member and FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard pointed out how FFA members excel in the classroom.
He noted that FFA members score higher on SAT, ACT and other state mandated tests because agricultural based classes and contests such as the LDE’s reinforce applications taught in all classes and apply life situations to them.
“We are really proud of where our students placed,’’ said Welton Pickering, welding/agriculture teacher at Lindale High School. “However, we are even more proud of the things they have learned along the way. We also appreciate the support of everyone.’’