By Scott Sutton, FFA Advisor
The Freshman FFA class at Southeast High School brought home another plaque to hangon the wall Wednesday as the team finished 3rd at the Southeast District FFA Vet Science competition held in Independence. The team competed in the “B” division, which consist not only of freshman, but sophomores as well.
The contestants were tested over their knowledge of animal behavior, disease, medical terminology, medical records, anatomy and physiology, federal regulations, patient management and facility management. They also must identify 40 different Veterinary tools, 20 parasites and 20 breeds varying from cattle to dogs to reptiles. Finally students must figure up dosages, cost calculations and invoices in the practicum portion of the contest.
Team members included; Alli Markley, Cady Lloyd, Eric Underwood, John Jameson, Brody Wood and Brody Tickel. Markley led the team with a 5th place individual finish while Lloyd placed 10th, both earning an individual medal for their efforts.
The “A” team placed 7th in the Jr./Sr. division with members Kim Fraker, Sara Scholes and Kalyn Bitner participating. Scholes is a sophomore and could have competed in the “B” division in which she would have placed 8th individually. However she competed in the “A” division to allow Southeast to have a qualifying team of three members.
It’s been an incredible year thus far for Southeast FFA Freshman as they have finished in the top three in eight different contest including: 2nd in FFA Information, 3rd in Ritual, 3rd in Parliamentary Procedure, 2nd in Leadership, 1st in Ag Management, 2nd in Job Interview, 2nd in Ag Sales, and now 3rd in Vet Science.
Southeast FFA continues it’s busy contest season with the following competitions over the next few weeks:
March 27th- Fort Scott Aggie Days
March 31st- NEO College Horse Judging
April 2nd- Allen County Aggie Days
April 3rd- NEO College Aggie Days
April 11th- Southeast District Livestock Judging and Floriculture
As an added bonus the students had time to visit the Zoo in Independence and stop by the Parsons Livestock Market to watch some cattle sale before returning home for the last few minutes of the school day.