After a successful performance at area contest, eight Coahoma FFA students are turning their attention to state Leadership Development Events (LDE) competition set for today and Saturday.
According to Aaron Custer, this is largest number of successful state qualifiers for the Coahoma FFA chapter to date under his advisorship of the program.
“It’s awesome. We are excited,”said Custer, who is also the agricultural teacher at Coahoma ISD.“Coahoma has always been known for our FFA kids and how responsible they are and how well they exceed. Leadership has been one of the things we’ve focused on the most. It helps every kid not just today but in the future.”
Thursday morning, Coahoma High School students along with the cheerleaders and the drum corps cheered on the competitors as they headed out to Sam Houston State University in Hurstville. Those students are Julia Cox who qualified in Junior Creed; the Ag Advocacy team of Selina Baldwin, Macee Grant, Brylea Gordon, and Seth Brooks; and the FFA Radio Broadcasting team of Aubrey Green, Micah Worley, and Emilee Custer.
The young group consisting of three freshman, four sophomores and a junior will be going up against the best competitors in the state today during prelims. Finals will be held Saturday.
“There are two heats of 10 teams in each heat,” Custer said. “The top five from each heat will make the finals. The final 10 teams will be the top in the state of Texas. Our immediate goal is to get out of the heats and into the finals.”
Custer said the students will continue to focus on the fundamentals as well as pushing and supporting each other to give their best presentation.
“Our program fosters a positive atmosphere where we leave the negativity and drama out. We build each other up. When one group makes it to state the other group is happy for them,” Custer said. “We have two advocacy teams and Wednesday the other advocacy team was helping this other team going to state, helping them fine tune their presentation and get better so they could have the best performance they can. This team was knocked out by the other team at competition, but they are out there helping them. It shows a lot about the character of the kids and who we are and what we are trying to make out here in our ag chapters.”
Area competition, where the eight students qualified for state, was held Nov. 18 on the campus of Howard Campus. Forty-nine Coahoma FFA chapter students competed in 12 team/individual contests at area where nine teams/individuals place in the top five. Two of those teams placed in the same event.The students’ performance at area contest earned the Coahoma FFA Chapter its first Sweepstakes trophy for the top Leadership Development - Single Teacher Department in Area 2.
“It was the greatest day Coahoma FFA has had in LDE at an area contest,” Custer said. “I am very proud of every single student that competed and represented our school. These kids are talented and there is no limit on what they will achieve.”
FFA is a national youth organization focused on developing personal growth, leadership, and career success to its members through agricultural education.