CLOVIS (KSMX)- By winning the New Mexico State Championship in April, students from the Clovis FFA Chapter qualified to compete for national recognition in a career development event at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, October 30 – November 2.
The Clovis FFA Chapter will send students to Indianapolis to compete for national honors in the area of dairy cattle evaluation and management. FFA students representing the chapter include Grant Palla, Cara McWilliams, Robert Myers, and Thomas Palla. Kalynn Baldock and Diego Dow are the chapter advisors.
Dairy cattle evaluation and management is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas covering job skills from communications to mechanics. Students put the skills learned in their high school agricultural education classes to use in a practical manner. Participants evaluate multiple classes of dairy cattle and present oral reasons for their selections. Teams work together to develop a comprehensive management plan for a farm described in a given scenario. Career and Leadership Development Events help students develop critical thinking skills, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.