Carson Valley FFA outperforms at national convention |

Carson Valley FFA outperforms at national convention

Staff Reports
Special to The R-CMembers of the Carson Valley FFA veterinary science winning team. From left, coach Allyson Lammiman, Kim Bruner, Kelsey Lalonde, Jessica Martin, and Anastasia Waggoner.

Carson Valley FFA members left their mark in many ways on the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 24-25.

In the veterinary science competition, the Carson Valley team, led by DHS agriculture teacher and team advisor Allyson Lammiman, placed sixth in the nation out of 79 teams. Team member Kimberly Bruner placed 17th in the nation out of 316 individuals.

The veterinary science event was sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. It was a competitive event that tested the participant’s ability to perform practical veterinary assisting activities as well as identify breeds, parasites and equipment. Participants also completed a written exam and responded to scenario questions about current topics in the veterinary industry. Teams had to give presentations to a panel of judges about the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary team in giving care to a particular patient.

Members of Carson Valley FFA also formed one of 43 teams participating in the dairy cattle evaluation and management competition.

This team, led by Lammiman, was awarded a bronze emblem. Members competed for individual awards with 167 other participants.

Kylen Flannagan received a bronze emblem, Cheyenne Bidart received a silver emblem, Anna Lekumberry received a silver emblem, and Hayleigh Green received a bronze emblem.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the dairy cattle evaluation event were sponsored by Allflex USA Inc.

It was a competitive event that tested the student’s ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components included six classes of dairy cattle, herd record evaluation and dairy management team activity.

Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the national event.

Held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, the national convention entailed numerous educational activities in which members demonstrated their ability to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

FFA is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.

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