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FFA teams compete in judging contests

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FFA teams compete in judging contests

The weather cooperated and presented a perfect day for the SIU Invitational Livestock Career Development Event. SIU Collegiate FFA members and other students were on hand to help make the event a success.

CARBONDALE, Ill. — One rite of spring at the Southern Illinois University Farms is the SIU Invitational Livestock Career Development Event, when FFA students from nearly 50 high schools compete in livestock judging.

There also were 22 high schools with teams participating in the horticulture judging on campus, with SIU Collegiate FFA members helping at both competition sites.

“The weather made it a perfect day,” noted SIU Collegiate FFA Adviser Howard Heavner. “I am impressed and very thankful with the members’ and teachers’ dedication to perform in such a professional way.”

The winners are …

  • Livestock Varsity Team: First place — Mount Vernon, 1,268 points; second — Waterloo, 1,264; third — Cisne, 1,236 points.
  • Livestock Varsity Individual: First place — Ethan Macklin, Okaw Valley, 429 points; second — Krista Allscheid, Waterloo, 429; third — Raquel Minor, Mount Vernon, 427.
  • Livestock Junior Varsity Team: First place — Sesser-Valier, 1,185 points; second — Central Breese, 1,165; third — Cisne, 1,068.
  • Livestock Junior Varsity Individual: First place — Seth Loucks, Sesser-Valier, 420 points; second — Eli Hosselton, Cisne, 410; third — Rhett Hancock, Olney, 398.
  • Horticulture Varsity Team: First place — Nashville, 2,270 points; second — Wesclin, 1,993; third — Mount Vernon, 1,953.
  • Horticulture Varsity Individual: First place — Riley Bergmann, Nashville, 603.5 points; second — Austin Schorfheide, Nashville, 582.5; third — Holli Fullerton, Nashville, 547.
  • Horticulture Junior Varsity Team: First place — Nashville, 1992; second — Wesclin, 1,806.
  • Horticulture Junior Varsity Individual: First place — Emily Stern, Nashville, 518.5 points; second — Karlie Voss, Nashville, 515.5; third — Liz Bierman, Nashville, 482.5.

Karen Binder can be reached at 618-534-0614 or kbinder@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Binder.

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