Southern High’s FFA Team Reins in Second Place for Maryland at National Horse-Judging Competition

This past week, the Southern High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter represented Maryland at the 86th National FFA Convention in the Horse Evaluation Career Development Event. The Maryland team did exceptionally well, placing second overall and earning the Reserve National Title Championship.

SHS FFA Horse Judging Team

Southern High School FFA Horse Judging team members Kelly Poe, Sierra Criste, Brooke Catterton and Michaela Pyles.

According to Southern High School FFA faculty adviser Dr. Joshua Rice,  team members Brooke Catterton, Sierra Criste, Kelly Poe, and Michaela Pyles, competed in the two day contest against 44 of the top teams from across the nation and 167 individuals.

Along with placing second overall, team members Kelly Poe placed second individually and was awarded a $900 scholarship and Brooke Catterton placed sixth individually and earned a $400.00 scholarship.

The Southern High FFA Horse-Judging team had a winning year:

Horse Evaluation is one of 25 national career development events, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Members demonstrate their ability to reason and communicate about equine science through a team problem-solving activity and individually evaluating classes composed of performance or halter horses. They then justify their selections through oral reasons. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. To learn more about FFA, visit their Facebook page and website.

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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