Holton FFA scores at nationals; horse judging team named best in nation
Holton High School’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter scored well at this year’s national FFA convention, with its horse judging team taking national champion honors and its parliamentary procedure teams also ranking among the nation’s best.
At the 87th annual National FFA Convention, held Wednesday through Saturday in Louisville, Ky., Holton’s chapter, led by advisors Jason Larison and Alex Bartel, also saw HHS graduate Elizabeth Allen receiving her American FFA Degree, which Larison said is the highest degree an FFA member can achieve. The chapter also received a National Three-Star Gold Emblem Rating in the National Chapter Award program.
The horse judging team, consisting of Samantha Beauchamp, Victoria Kimbrough, Dean Klahr and Tristan Parks, represented the state in the competition on Wednesday, taking first place in the nation out of a field of 45. The team also won the opportunity to travel to Ireland for an international equine seminar, an invitation that went to each of the top four horse judging teams.
“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that this team put in toward reaching their goal,” Larison said. “This team put in the extra time necessary to put themselves in a position for good things to happen, and we couldn’t be more proud.”
The chapter’s novice parliamentary procedure team finished fifth in the nation, Larison noted. Participating team members included Eduardo Bertulfo, Brett Bontrager, Alexandra Clark, Ian McAsey, Alexandra Myers, Haley Tyler and Tel Wittmer.
Also, the parliamentary procedure team — consisting of Nils Bergsten, Tori Bontrager, Jordynn Brown, Alexandra Clark, Emaleigh Clark, April Tyler, Rilee VanDonge and Karl Wilhelm — finished with a National Silver Ranking. The team qualified for the national competition after winning the Kansas FFA Championship in May, Larison said.
More details on the chapter’s performance at this year’s national convention will be featured in Wednesday’s Holton Recorder.