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FFA Students Well-Represented at Area Events; Two Teams Qualify for State

April 19, 2021

Dripping Springs High School ag students achieved success at district and area FFA CDEs (Career Development Events), with two teams qualifying for the state competition in May: Dairy Cattle and Environmental/Natural Resource Education.

The Dairy Cattle Team won the district title and was third at the area competition to earn the right to advance. The team consists of Caroline Olson, who also was the fourth-highest scoring individual), Chandler Latham (who placed eighth individually), Kate Tressler and Amanda Alderson. The Dairy Cattle event provides an interest and information in dairy cattle that would serve well in an industry position or in management of a modern dairy herd, including experience in the evaluation of dairy cattle type, production records and dairy herd management.

Students from DSHS also will compete in the Environmental and Natural Resource Education state competition; this event does not have an area-level qualifier. Students on that team are Tyler Varnell, Zane Warren, Kayley Terrell, and Caitlyn McPherson. The purpose of the Environmental and Natural Resource event is to stimulate student interest, promote environmental and natural resource instruction in the agriculture food and natural resource curriculum, and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of environmental and natural resource instruction.

Other district champions from DSHS were in the Horse, Poultry, and Livestock events. The Horse team of Isabel Fernandez, Annie Terrell, Hailey Weisman and Allee Rainey were sixth at area, while the other two groups were seventh. The Poultry Team consisted of Caroline Olson, Annie Terrell, Drake Alderson and Alaina Reed. The Livestock Team was Angelina La Barre (who placed second individually), Billie Kaye Vantrease, Emma Adams, and Ginny Falls. 

The competition will be held at Tarleton State University in Stephenville on April 29.


A complete list of participating teams, along with district and area finishes, follows.

Dairy Cattle - 1st District, 3rd Area - State Qualifier
Caroline Olson (4th individual), Chandler Latham (8th individual), Kate Tressler, Amanda Alderson

Environmental and Natural Resource Education - State Qualifier 
Tyler Varnell, Zane Warren, Kayley Terrell, and Caitlyn McPherson

Poultry - 1st District, 7th Area
Caroline Olson (18th individual), Annie Terrell, Drake Alderson, Alaina Rand

Livestock - 1st District, 7th Area
Angelina La Barre (2nd individual), Billie Kaye Vantrease, Emma Adams, Ginny Falls

Horse - 1st District, 6th Area
Isabel Fernandez (12th individual), Annie Terrell (20th individual), Hailey Weisman (21st individual), Allee Rainey

Vet Science - 4th District, 12th Area
Aubry Burgess (5th individual), Annie Terrell, Peyton Allgyer

Wildlife - 4th District, 9th Area
Colton Scott, Carson Fryer, Remington Nicholes, Tyler Varnell

Floriculture - 5th District, 15th Area
David Perez, Lana Richardson, Gabby Ortiz, Ava Rubenstein