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AMP STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL TITLES IN SCIENCE FAIR

Nine students in the Agriscience Magnet Program (AMP) competed in the National FFA Agriscience Fair Competition in Louisville, KY on October 29 – November 1. The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for students who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture and is held each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo and sponsored by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta.

Sophomores, Juan Martinez Garcia and Joshua Saleen were named the National Champions in the Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division III while seniors, Junelyn Gamao and Layne Garza earned the National Champion title in the Plant Systems Division IV competition. Also earning honors as the Reserve National Champions in the Power, Structural and Technical System Division IV category were 2013 Madison graduates Taylor Kalka and Garren Wetzel.

Also recognized onstage during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo were sophomores, Alyssa Miller and Allison Zimmerhanzel for placing 3rd in the Plant Systems Division III category. Jordan Rayburg, a junior in the AMP, received Silver recognition from the National FFA for finishing 12th in the Food Products and Processing Systems Division II competition.

To qualify for the National FFA Agriscience Fair, students must conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report. All national participants are selected as the state winner at their state agriscience fairs and earn national competition eligibility after being placed in the top-15 within their respective categories.

MADISON FFA MEMBERS BRING BACK FIRST-EVER VETERINARY SCIENCE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO TEXAS

James Madison FFA members Katie Franck, Samantha Jansen, Hailey Noble and Sevanna Stewart were recognized Friday, November 1st during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY as the 2013 National FFA Champions in the Veterinary Science Career Development Event (CDE). This is the first time that a team from the state of Texas has won the title with the James Madison FFA members out ranking competitors from 43 other states.

The National Veterinary Science CDE is a competitive event that tests the participant's ability to apply veterinary science knowledge and skill in practical settings as well as identify breeds, parasites and equipment. Participants also complete a written exam and respond to scenario questions about current topics in the veterinary industry. Teams present to a panel of judges about the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary team in a variety of situations involving patients from companion animal to large animal. Teams competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Samantha Jansen, a 2013 Madison graduate and freshman at Texas A&M University, was also recognized as being the 10th high individual in the contest and received a $1,400 scholarship. Katie Franck (12th grade), Hailey Noble (12th grade) and Sevanna Stewart (11th grade) each received a $1,000 scholarship as members of the national winning team.

GARZA IS THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS FFA SCHOLAR OF THE WEEK

The San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo will highlight Madison senior, Layne Garza as this week’s FFA Scholar of the Week during the Thursday Night Lights (TNL) football game televised on CW35. Commercial spots recognizing Layne’s outstanding accomplishments as a James Madison FFA member will be aired during the pre-game and half time of TNL on the November 7th game between Churchill and Lee High Schools.

Posted on November 15, 2013