Monday, April 6, 2015

MCH youth learn through FFA Judging contest

Methodist Children’s Home School provided an opportunity for the Agricultural class to participate in an open livestock judging contest. Stephen Kruse, Ag teacher, took 12 youth on Friday, March 27, to Corsicana for the competition.

During the judging contest, youth work in teams to scrutinize several animals including goats, pigs, sheep and cattle, and try to come as close as possible to what an official said about the animal. At this competition, the official was a professor from Texas A&M University. They then take a written test and speak about why they made the judgement they did. Kruse said the youth learn valuable life lessons through these competitions such as reasoning and defending their actions and speaking in front of groups.

“We have been attending this competition for the past seven years,” said Kruse. “Our youth set goals during the year and if they attain certain scores during local competitions they are eligible to compete in the area contest in Stephenville, Texas on April 8.”
This year Team 1 who consisted of Starr, Diego, Justus and Chayce, did just that and advanced to the Stephenville competition.

“I am proud of all our students especially the ones that advanced,” Kruse said.

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