The Tilden FFA brought its competitive year in 2016 to a nice closing with two Top 10 finishes at the Texas FFA State Leadership Development Events held in early December at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. The chapter was represented by nine students and three entries in the competition.
In Greenhand FFA Creed, Caroline Truelove tied for 11th place. She was in the Top 20 at State out of 750 Creed speakers that entered 57 District competitions across Texas. 114 speakers qualified for Area competitions, and only the top 20 made it to State.
The Agricultural Issues Forum team placed 8th in the State Finals after winning their Semi-Final heat. This group presented a forum on the pros and cons of the proposed Texas Statewide Water Grid.
There were 172 Ag Issues teams in Texas at the beginning of District contests. Twenty teams made it to Huntsville for the State contest. Team members were Hannah Arisola, Charlsie Harris, Hallie Taylor, Marc Casas, and Brett Acker. Finally, the Agricultural Advocacy team placed 4th in the State Finals after placing 3rd in their Semi-Final heat. These youngsters spoke as advocates for American Agriculture and took special exception to the false advertising by many fast food companies towards production agriculturists.
There were 295 Ag Advocacy teams that aspired to qualify for State. As in all contests, only the Top 20 in Texas got there. Team members included Hannah Arisola, Mirza Bazan, Charlsie Harris, Hannah Manning, and Erin Atkinson.
There are 1059 FFA Chapters in Texas with 117,710 members. The Tilden FFA Chapter has 68 members and has proudly represented McMullen County ISD in this statewide competition. These events have chapters from all sizes of schools and all numbers of members competing against each other.
These three groups have excelled at the highest level and in doing so, have defeated many teams from several very large schools. Tilden FFA Advisor Jim Harris says, I am so pleased at the dedication shown by the members of these State LDE teams. Many of them are multi-year participants and have demonstrated some immense self-discipline and responsibility to sustain such high levels of performance over a period of two or three years. I must also mention that the leadership and examples of preparation put forth by seniors Hannah Arisola and Mirza Bazan are admired and will be greatly missed in the future.