Coahoma High School will host 175 students representing schools from around the Permian Basin and Crossroads area who will be competing in the FFA El Rancho District Contest Thursday.
Students will compete in 13 events including agriculture advocacy, public relations, farm skills, job interview, FFA creed speaking, and chapter conducting.
“All these leadership contests are designed for building confidence by our membership in themselves and their ability,” said Aaron Custer, CHS agricultural teacher and Coahoma FFA Chapter advisor. “Taking classroom learning and applying it in contests teaches these kids that what they are learning is valuable and helps them to buy into the program.”
FFA is a national youth organization which is focused on bringing about personal growth, leadership, and career success to its members through agricultural education.
“Realization of personal growth through their ag education is a very valuable piece of the FFA puzzle,” Custer said.
The Coahoma FFA chapter expects to have 64 of its members participating Thursday.
“Coahoma is the largest group in the district, quite possibly doubling the schools we compete with in contest numbers and number of kids competing,” he said.
The El Rancho District includes schools from Midland, Odessa, Greenwood, Stanton, Grady, Garden City, Andrews, Ackerly, Forsan, and Big Lake. The top two finishers in each event will advance to Area competition.