Delta High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) competed at state in Fort Collins on May 5 and 6. The career development event (CDE) teams of floriculture, horse evaluation, meats evaluation and technology, and veterinary science competed with opponents statewide.
Competing on the floriculture team were Alyssa Bayles, Katie Richman, Cylie Wilkerson and Cassidy Zieman. The horse evaluation team competed with Grace Hall, Sierra Nelson and Hannah Philman. The meat evaluation and technology team consisted of Alyssa Bayles, Ethan Bates, Jessica Dexter and Darcy Parker. On the veterinary science team were Joslyn Carpenter, Katie Richman, Cylie Wilkerson and Cassidy Zieman. Each individual worked hard and was dedicated to his or her team.
On Sunday, May 5, the floriculture team competed for flower identification and diseases and also designed centerpieces. The team ended up sixth in the state out of 58 teams, placing gold. Katie Richman placed first individually in the state out of 192 participants, with Cassidy Zieman placing 16th.
Monday, May 6, horse evaluation judged two riding classes and four halter classes and gave reasons. During the riding class, the competitors had to judge how the horse responded to the rider and how well the rider rode. Sierra Nelson placed bronze individually, and the team placed overall 25 out of 50.
Additionally on Monday, the meat evaluation and technology team had a written test, placed classes, and had to ID four different cuts of meat. The team placed eighth overall out of 27 teams and was silver. Ethan Bates placed 18th and Alyssa Bayles placed 28th individually out of 92 participants. Jessica Dexter also placed 34th individually.
The veterinary science team competed in a written exam, ID, and hands-on practicum. The team ended up placing 28th out of 48 teams in the state. Individually Katie Richman placed fourth out of 166.