Alva FFA members do well in interscholastics, livestock judging contests
By Courtney Mapes
Alva FFA Reporter
ALVA FFA—Alva FFA members discussing cattle classes following the livestock judging contest at NOC Tonkawa on Jan. 23 included (from left to right): Tanner Burton, Traci Owen, Julie Owen, Cole Koppitz, Cathy Mapes, Terrill Burton, Dakota Nusser, advisor Randy Nation, Kory Dietz, and Courtney Mapes. (Photo courtesy of Alva FFA.)
Drinking rotten milk, sniffing spices such as ginger and garlic, and standing outside in the freezing weather for six hours to look at smelly cattle, pigs, and sheep most likely does not appeal to the average high school boy or girl. Instead, they would rather be texting their significant other or tweeting about the latest Thunder basketball game. However, on Jan. 23, 15 Alva, Okla., high school and middle school FFA members woke up bright and early to travel to Tonkawa, Okla., for the NOC Interscholastics Competition. An interscholastics contest focuses on a variety of contests so that everyone has an option to compete in his/her favorite area. Competing in Food Science were Rylan Castleberry, Cameron Gaisford, Kenzie Kraft, and Jentrey Lancaster. The sole Dairy competitor from Alva was freshman Ridge Hughbanks. The livestock judging team had Terrill Burton, Cole Koppitz, Cathy Mapes, and Julie Owen competing in the intermediate division. And competing in the senior division were Tanner Burton, Tyler Burton, Kory Dietz, Courtney Mapes, Dakota Nusser, and Traci Owen. Concluding the competition, the Food Science and Dairy competitors got the feel of the competitions and will be prepared for the coming contests. The intermediate livestock judging team placed third with Cathy Mapes placing second individually and the senior team received fifth consisting of Tanner Burton, Tyler Burton, Courtney Mapes, and Traci Owen.
Continuing on to another livestock judging contest were the same individuals along with Ross Murrow. The Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest was held in Enid, Okla., on Jan. 30. After judging eight classes of cattle, swine, sheep, and goats, contestants gave oral reasons and answered questions to explain their placing. In the senior 4-H division, the team consisting of Cole Koppitz, Cathy Mapes, Ross Murrow, and Julie Owen received second with individual top ten placers Ross Murrow, second; Julie Owen, fifth; and Cathy Mapes, seventh. In the senior FFA division, the team consisting of Tyler Burton, Kory Dietz, Courtney Mapes, and Traci Owen received second, and the team consisting of Tanner Burton, Terrill Burton, and Dakota Nusser received fifth. Individual top ten placers were Tanner Burton, third, and Kory Dietz, fourth.
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