FFA teams bring home high rankings

Iola students judged in contests at Coffeyville

Iola FFA members competed at Coffeyville Community College on Dec. 4 in ag management, speech, dairy foods and food science.
In ag management, the whole team was unable to be present due to rescheduling of jazz band events; however, senior Adam Kauth took 11th place in the division.
In dairy foods, the team of seniors Karlie Lower and Danielle Ware, sophomore Briana Pennett and juniors Lauren Hunt, Vanessa DeCarlo and Devyn Smith took 10th place.
Two teams were entered into the food science division. B-team members sophomores Hannah Ingle, Jake Gumfory, Cassie Delich, Mikaela Platt and Gus Hopkins all placed first as a team with Hannah Ingle placing fifth and Gus Hopkins placing sixth. A-team members, juniors Baleigh Seeber, Baylea Thompson, Lexie Long, Brock Peters, Drew Faulhaber and Colten Storrer, all juniors, placed fourth as a team, with Long placing fifth individually.
In the prepared speech competition, freshman division, speeches had to be two to four minutes long. Chase Regehr took 19th and Brooklyn Storrer 22nd.
The sophomores outdid themselves in this category as well. Clara Wicoff and Caitlin Dreher were among six students at the event to get perfect scores; Dreher earned first place. Emily McKarnin also did an outstanding job. Sophomore speeches had to be three to five minutes in length. McKarnin had a score of 975 and was 13th. Colton Heffern competed in the junior division, where the required length of speech was four to six minutes, and he placed fifth.
In other fall FFA developments, sophomore Wicoff placed fourth nationally in the National FFA Creed contest. She was the first Kansan to make it to the finals since 2000.