By Madison Creel – Staff Reporter
The Bullard FFA program is sending many students to the state Career Development Competition after competing to make it into the top five of the Northeast area.
Throughout the last few weeks, BHS sent our five teams to state: Nursery Landscape team of Will Whisenhut, JT Patel, Ezra Roy and Caleb Hand; Floriculture team of Cole Rude, Kiara Thompson, Mary Ehrman and Emma Lambert; Livestock team of Abby Grimes, Drew McKeethan, Karlie Lowe and Ally Wheeler; Plant ID of Hunter Hand, Avery Clayton, Kaleb Garrett and Peyton Hancock; Horse Judging team of Ally Wheeler, Zane Mateka and Landyn Kidd.
“I feel like they performed really, really well,” FFA sponsor Charlotte Main said. “Our area is made up of 90 schools of Northeast Texas and that’s regardless of class, so that’s like 1A through 6A schools and they had to be in the top five of area to advance. I feel like that’s really great because our area is known to be one of the toughest in the state.”
With the advantage of being able to attend many competitions, FFA students were able to practice, despite COVID-19 restrictions. The strengths and weaknesses vary from team to team, but individually each brought some of their performance to advance to state.
Mrs. Main said that though she will be losing a powerful group of seniors, but BHS will be gaining fresh, new talent from the eighth grade class coming up.
“We have some students who have been doing this since they were in fourth or fifth grade, so the younger kids will have to step up to make those teams good next year, but I definitely think they can do that,” she said.
18 students qualified and later this month the Horse Judging and Plant ID teams are going to Lubbock, the Livestock team is going to Texas A&M University and Floriculture and Nursery Landscape teams are going to Sam Houston State University.