High school’s FFA judging team is tops on the Shore
WESTMINSTER — Kent County High School’s FFA judging team was hugely successful at the state spring judging competition April 7.
The horticulture team, which is a new team at KCHS, placed first on the Eastern Shore and fourth in the state. Team members studied all forms of fruits, nuts, berries, flowers, ornamental plants, growing conditions and nutritional requirements.
They studied outside of the school day for many hours.
Kingstown Farm, Home and Garden supplied plants for study and Cindy King was a huge help in organizing materials and answering questions, said Liza Goetz, the ag teacher at KCHS and the FFA advisor.
The meat judging team studied animal structure, muscles, health, conformation, specific cuts and grades.
This is the first time in at least 15 years that KCHS sent a meat judging team to the state competition. Kent placed fifth overall, while junior Wayne Morris earned a Bronze-level award for placing in the top 10.
Sudlersville Meat Locker donated the meat jackets and Langenfelder Pork sponsored the team’s sweatshirts.
A.J. Morris attended the practice sessions.
Goetz credited the teams’ success to “amazing students and the generosity of committed sponsors.”
Kent County High School’s FFA judging team is comprised of, from left: Front row — Alison Black, Lizzy Goetz, Olivia Gagalski and Anna Marshall. Back row — Wayne Morris, Lexi Langenfelder and Buddy Welch.