Harlingen High School South FFA Career Development Event teams competed in the South Texas Invitational in Jourdanton on April 4. Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. These events are designed to help members prepare for careers in agriculture by testing and challenging the students’ technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their knowledge of the subject matter. CDEs answer the question, “When will I use this knowledge in the real world?”
The Livestock Judging Team (Hunter Lamon, Josh Garcia, Landry Perkins, Megan Adair) won 1st place in District, 2nd place in Area, and 1st place high point individual – Hunter Lamon. In this contest, students evaluated Beef cattle, sheep and swine for market values and desirable physical traits. Team members also rank livestock for breeding purposes, using observed physical characteristics and performance data.
The Entomology Team (Daniel Castillo, Rmanda Salinas, Brianna Garcia, Jorge Jimenez) took 1st place in District and 4th place in Area. This contest students apply the fundamentals of entomology and develop skills in identifying common insects and their significance to people and agriculture.
The Floriculture Team (Miranda Del Valle, James Wade, Madison Callier (HSHP student)) won1st in District, 3rd in Area, 1st place high point individual – Miranda Del Valle, and 7th place high point individual – Madison Callier. This contest consist of classroom knowledge and skills are applied as students identify and evaluate cut flowers, house plants, flowering plants, floral designs and complete an exam that tests their knowledge of floral design, propagation as well as preparation of floral and foliage products for sale.