Members of the Imperial FFA junior range judging team that won the state championship last week include, from left, Ryan Bernhardt, Nickolas Rau, Alexis Richmond and Lindsey Mendenhall. (Courtesy photo)

Imperial junior FFA range judgers capture state title

Senior team earns state runner-up title

    Imperial’s FFA range judgers pulled off a major feat last week with the junior team bringing home the state championship and the senior team taking runner-up honors in their division.
    A total of 13 FFA students—seven in the junior division and six in the senior division—competed in the state range judging contest held north of Wauneta Wednesday, Sept. 26.
    FFA Advisor Jeremy Vlasin praised his kids.
    “I’m so proud of the students. To have our junior team win the state championship and our senior team take state runner-up, in a competition that requires a vast amount of knowledge, it’s quite an accomplishment,” he said.
    A total of 421 competed in the contest with 177 in the senior division (juniors and seniors) and 244 in the junior division (freshmen and sophomores). That equated to 40 senior teams and 58 junior teams.
Top four scores
    All contestants compete individually and then their top four scores are used for team competition in their respective divisions.
    Overall, sophomore Lindsey Mendenhall took second in the junior division, followed by freshman Nickolas Rau, who finished fourth.

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