CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Crater High FFA members are returning to Southern Oregon as champions. Four FFA teams from Crater High placed first in the state and went on to compete at nationals last week where two of the four teams ranked in the top third of the nation.
The Livestock Evaluation team placed third out of 47 teams, and the Agriculture Sales team placed ninth out of 45 teams. Crater High’s Veterinary Science, and Agricultural Mechanics team also advanced to nationals.
“Every one of these kids have taken on a challenge and gone and participated in something that maybe they had no idea about at the beginning, and they learned a lot of valuable career related things along the way that is going to help them for the rest of their life,” said Crater High FFA advisor Jim Miller.
Four teams from the Crater High FFA competed at the national FFA convention this past week in Louisville, Kentucky. Being nationally ranked is a goal these students say they have worked towards for years.
“We have worked day in and day out throughout the past three years just to get the state title and then once we got the state title, it’s like now we really have to buckle down and figure out what we want to do and how we want to do it, and when we got to nationals just pour our hearts into it, and we did very well,” said Crater High FFA President Gabrielle Redhead.
Redhead is a senior who is on the agriculture sales team. She and her team members had to take a 100 question test and give multiple sales pitches throughout the competition.
“We had six products that we had to know, inside out, upside down, backwards,” said Redhead. “We also had two additional products we had to sell depending on the situation.“
Their advisor has been coaching FFA members at Crater High for the past 19 years. He said this year was unusual because not just one, but four teams from crater high advanced to nationals.
“It’s rewarding. We all want to see our kids our kids succeed and try something new and outside their box,” said Miller.
Teams are already starting to prepare for next year’s competition. The Livestock Evaluation team, who placed third in the nation, is being invited to compete in the World FFA Convention. A decision on whether or not the team will go has yet to be decided.