Jr. high team places second at state FFA

Glenrock Jr. High FFA Meat Judging team Haley Johnson (second from left), Zhane Johnson, Bailey Mueller and Lucy Ticknor, and coach Jack Stewart (far left) won second place in the State Junior High Meats Evaluation Contest in Cheyenne April 7. (Courtesy photo)

Cinthia Stimson, cinthia@glenrockind.com

It was the first time in 60 years Glenrock students had walked across the winner’s stage at the statewide FFA competition in Cheyenne April 7.


It was a big night not only for the Jr. High FFA Meat Judging team consisting of Zhane Johnson, Haley Johnson, Bailey Mueller and Lucy Ticknor, but for their community, too.


The students participated in the state meats evaluation contest, where they placed second, according to FFA advisor and high school teacher Coley Wondra.


“Students had to identify retail cuts as well as yield and quality grade me and carcasses. They were also tasked with four cuts of meat or four carcasses, and would have to rank them from best to worst in their respective classes,” Wondra said.


Glenrock’s FFA program was resurrected two years ago on a somewhat limited basis. This is the first year a full program has been in effect. This is also the first year junior high school students have participated in FFA in Glenrock, he said.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, state contests were spread out far more than usual.


“They didn’t want as many students in one location, so they actually split the state level competitions into four different dates and locations around the state.”


Ten junior high and high school students competed in several events at the State FFA Convention in Cheyenne, including livestock evaluation, horse evaluation and agricultural sales.


“Prior to that we had four students compete in the State Vet Science Contest in Torrington on March 8. We also had the meats evaluation contest and the farm business management contest in Casper March 27,” he said.


In the two years since the FFA program’s local re-start, the club is continuing to grow.


“This is the first time it’s been a full program in quite some time – our guess is late 50s early 60s is when it went away at Glenrock. We are about 80 members strong and the future looks very bright,” he said.



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