High school’s FFA judg­ing team is tops on the Shore

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

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.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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