Range Judging Excellence

Back-L-to-R are Grace Dinius, Wyatt Dorner, William Schmidt; Katie Schmidt; Front L-to-R are Samantha Fitterer, Kayla Ehlis,Brenna-Wert and Leah Ehlis

Brenna Wert
For the Herald


Another FFA adventure has been planted in our books this past week. On Wednesday the 18th, our FFA chapter ventured to New Salem for the state Range Judging competition. Prior to the competition, our team, which consists of: Grace Dinius, Leah and Kayla Ehlis, William and Katie Schmidt, Brenna Wert (me), Wyatt Dorner, and Samantha Fitterer; had lots of early practices to prepare.
The first day of our range journey we spent at one of the practice sites in New Salem.

At these practice sites there are ecological sites and plant lines set up. These help immensely, as it gives you a chance to see how the contest will be set up.

Close to sundown we gathered our things and found a good place to settle in for the night and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Waking up with excitement, we headed out in our matching t-shirts and enthusiasm. After making a short detour at the town’s Salem Sue, we arrived at the competition.
After about two hours of competing together and individually, we filled our growling bellies with some food and awaited awards with butterflies in our stomachs. Finally we hear someone pick up the microphone ready to announce the results of all our hard work. Katie, Samantha, and Wyatt took bronze; Brenna, William, and Kayla took silver; and Grace and Leah took gold as individuals. As for our team, we have kept our spot as fifth place in state.
Each one of our members did a great job and we all had so much fun. A special thanks to our advisor Mr. Krebs for putting in the time to help us grow in our FFA knowledge and putting up with us in the early morning hours, and to all of you for supporting our FFA chapter.

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