Eighth grader is top in state in FFA’s People in Ag competition
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Junior high students at Chase County Schools are mirroring the successes of this year’s Imperial FFA chapter.
Megan Baird, a CCS eighth grader, placed first in the FFA junior high state competition People in Agriculture held as part of the state convention last month.
Although the contest is not new to FFA, it was the first time CCS had junior high students in the contest, said FFA Advisor Jason Speck.
For this contest, junior high students compete individually, putting together a display board on an ag-related career. Baird’s career focused on veterinarians and interviewed local vet Dr. Darcy Moreland.
At the competition in Lincoln, students gave a report on their chosen career, then answered questions from judges. Their display boards were also judged.
Results were finalized just last week, Speck noted, just in time to award young Baird the first place state trophy at Saturday’s Imperial FFA awards banquet.
Overall, there were 25 to 30 junior high students in this year’s contest, Speck said.
Other CCS junior high students who competed in the People in Agriculture contest were Ashley Bubak, Logan Mendenhall and Macy Coleman. Each received a certificate at Saturday night’s awards program.
A junior high team from CCS also was state champion in the quiz bowl competition, also held as part of the state convention this spring.