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Saltillo FFA wins high honors at state convention

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Saltillo’s FFA Chapter continues to shine, with numerous individuals and one team recognized for their accomplishments at the 81st Annual Texas FFA Convention held last week in Dallas.

The Saltillo Agricultural Mechanics team consisting of Chase Carr, Brett Smith, Bobby Goldsmith and Nolan Garmon was recognized by Houston Livestock Show President Skip Wagner and Houston Livestock Show General Manager Joe Bruce Hancock for being the state winning team. Colton Smith was also a member of the award winning team but was not present July 9.

The Saltillo FFA Agricultural Mechanics Team first took top honors in the area elimination contest at Texas A&M University-Commerce in early April, then in late April placed first in the Texas FFA State Judging Contest at Sam Houston State University. As the top ag mechanics team in the state, the Saltillo group earns the privilege of competing at the National FFA Convention this fall.

The national contest theme this year is plant production systems, which evaluates teams in five content areas: structural systems, machinery and equipment systems, energy systems, environment and natural resource systems, and industry and marketing systems.  Also included in the contest is a quiz and a team problem solving activity, according  to Saltillo FFA Chap ter Advisor Michael Teague.

During the July 8 evening session, Bobby Goldsmith was recognized for receiving a special award, a Texas FFA Agriculture Education Fund Scholarship.

Also during the July 7-10 event, Lone Star Farmer Degrees, the highest degree offered at the state level, were awarded to six members of the Saltillo FFA Chapter. Those students included Laci English, Cody Parris, Shayna Floyd, Brett Smith, Anthony Harris and Colton Smith.

Goldsmith and Garmon, who graduated last month from SHS, were presented with their Lone Star Degree during the 2008 state convention.

In order to achieve the Lone Star Degree applicants must have earned the greenhand and chapter degrees, completed four semesters of instruction in agricultural science, completed 10 FFA activities above the chapter level, show documentation of 200 hours or more of unpaid activities and must have earned a minimum of at least $200 for their efforts. Degree applications are checked for correctness at the district, area and state level degree checks, according to Teague.

This year is a repeat performance at the state contest for Goldsmith, Parris, Garmon and Harris, who were also on the FFA ag mechanics team which earned second at the area elimination event and 10th in the state judging contest in 2008. Harris, Colton Smith, Parris, Garmon and Goldsmith also all participated at the state convention last year as well.




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