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WHS Nursery Landscape and Food Science Teams Score High at Nationals

In October, Westminster High School (WHS) Agricultural Students competed in the 94th Annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. This year, due to Covid, part of the contest was held virtually before the convention. The virtual portion included a general landscape industry knowledge exam, plant ID, pest ID, equipment ID, and a written customer assistance challenge. The second part of the contest was a hands-on portion with multiple possibilities ranging from irrigation, controller timing, paver laying, equipment usage, plant propagation and verbal customer assistance. 

WHS is the first school to represent the state of Colorado in 20 years with this being the first time the WHS FFA has competed in the national level of a contest since the 1980s. The students who competed in this contest were Mya Kevil, Fabian Guardado, Andrea Yanez-Vargas and Jazmin Ponce Escoto.

FFA is a student leadership organization steeped in agricultural education that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and careers success through agricultural education.

After winning the state Nursery/Landscape contest in May, this spurned a desire for other CTE teams to be highly competitive at the state level. WHS has Veterinary Science, Floriculture and Agricultural Technology & Mechanics team as well as an Employment Skills individual team. Culinary Arts Teacher, Chris Hill knew he had students who could also compete on the National level

“Upon talking to Chris Hill we realized that we had some students who crossed over and [that] allowed us the opportunity to add another contest team to our repertoire…the Food Science team," said Heather Crabtree, the WHS Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor. “Our first foray into this was an online invitational hosted by a school out of Ohio.  We used this as a jumping off point to familiarize the students, and ourselves, with the contest.”

Out of 31 teams from multiple states the food science team overall placed 9th with the top students placing 23, 42, and 50 out of 334. Those students are Anita Cordova, Isaiah Nuanes, Sydney Gomez, Keyra Gomez, Atziry Gonzalez, and Jayleen Diaz.  

"By competing in this online invitational it has shown the students what the contest looks like and has ignited them to practice hard in order to be able to win the state contest for their trip to Indianapolis next year," said Crabtree.

More information about all of the FFA contests can be found here: https://www.ffa.org/participate/cde-lde/

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