Students seeing success in ag events

Career development events, or CDEs, provide real-world, hands-on experience to Kansas agriculture students, and Iola High has been bringing in its share of honors of late.
Shortly after the start of a new semester on Jan. 15, IHS’ welding team earned eighth place in Coffeyville; members included Wyatt Hines, Brock Peters, Thealvin Minor, Colton Heffern, Colten Storrer and Drake Dieker.
On Feb. 12, local students competed in agronomy CDEs, which give students practice at building their knowledge and skills in areas related to soils, plants, seeds and conservation. The A team of Lexie Long, Baleigh Seeber and Baylea Thompson placed second, while the B team of Ben Cooper, Cassie Delich, Hannah Ingle, Emily McKarnin, Mikaela Platt and Clara Wicoff earned first place.
As individuals, Delich snagged second-place honors, Wicoff fourth, Long sixth and Thompson eighth.
On March 11, Iola High played host to contests at home, where local students earned honors in dairy and poultry CDEs. In dairy, Heffern was third, Alexis Hobbs eighth and Storrer ninth; the A team earned third and the B team eighth overall. In poultry, Adam Kauth ranked eighth as an individual, as both the A and B teams placed fifth.
Meanwhile, in other FFA news, Caitlin Dreher and Clara Wicoff, both sophomores, ran on March 1 for Southeast Kansas FFA District office. Caitlin made ballot, and Clara was elected the region’s vice president for 2014-2015.