FFA advances to state

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Sealy FFA will be well represented at the state convention in July where five of their teams will make the trip to Fort Worth to compete on the largest stage.

The milk quality and livestock judging teams earned the top spot in both of their specialties with second-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers also punching a ticket to the next round.

The floricultural team came up just shy and finished in seventh when it was all said and done, still proudly representing the Tigers all year.

The milk quality champion team is made up of Hannah Pekar, Kendall Young, Ava Lippincott, Connor Cash, Tarena Deminck and Kelsie Leslie. Pekar (1st), Young (6th), Lippincott (7th) and Cash (14th) all also finished with high individual honors.

Similarly, the livestock team took first thanks in part to Avery Oliver (1st), John Owen (7th) and Meghan Hein’s (11th) high individual honors. Jordyn Davila rounded out the team that took the Area XI Title and will extend their season to the summer.

The wool team also had a multitude of high individual honors come back. Chase Janicek (2nd), Kelsie Krenek (5th), Hayden Havel (12th) and Sam Corbett all worked together to grab a second-place finish and lengthen the list of state qualifiers.

That group heading to Fort Worth in July will also include the veterinarian medicine team which earned fourth when it was all said and done. Alex Pinales (10th), Kaylie Feland, Sofia Olvera, Cheyenne Fredregill, Pati Cantu, Morgan Gajewski and Rebecca Kins were the team members on that team and will make the bus a little more crowded on its way to state.

The final team that will be taking up seats on that journey to Fort Worth will be the team responsible for meats who also earned some individual honors as well. Dylan Thaxton (12th) and Austin DeBerry (18th) will be joined by teammates Sydney Rose and Lane Holley in battling for the top spot in the lone star state.

Finally, the floriculture team also boasted some high individual honors but came up just shy of punching another ticket for Sealy to go to Fort Worth.

Still, Hattie Schalla (5th), Noelia DeLeon (15th), Makayla Wallace, Avery Henning, Bryley Young, Brylie Nedd and Laney Lejeune took home a respectable seventh-place finish and will understand what it will take to jump up a couple of slots next time out.

All year long, Sealy students have been showing what they’ve got in the FFA arena and they will now get to reap some of those rewards on a brief break before preparations ramp up ahead of state.

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