Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Sharyland-LogoA total of 64 Sharyland students from both district high schools competed in a Future Farmers of America event Tuesday where both schools placed in the top three in most of the competitions.


Sharyland High School and Pioneer High School competed in the Rio Grande Valley FFA District Land Career Development Event and Plant Identification CDE held in Mercedes. Marco Barrientes, FFA advisor for Pioneer, said his students placed first and second in several of the competitions.


The competitions included plant and land identification where teams of four had to identify types of plants and soil to determine the classifications and economic values of the plants and land, according to Barrientes.


“We’ve been competing since 2014 when Pioneer was built and we’ve been very successful,” he said. “We’ve been blessed with district championships every year so in the last few years we’ve not placed lower than second place, if I’m not mistaken.”


The eight teams of four for both campuses were split into two groups: Greenhand for the first time competitors and Seniors – students who have been competing for more than a year – Barrientes said.


The Greenhand land and plant identification and Senior land identification teams from Pioneer placed first out of 19 Valley school districts while the Senior plant judging team placed second.


At Sharyland High, the Greenhand land judging team scored second and the Senior land judging team took third.


“It’s always been Sharyland and Pioneer in the top three for the last few years across the board for most RGV District FFA competitions we’ve been in,” said Sydney Carter, advisor for the SHS FFA team. “Our kids put in a great amount of effort in their studies. It has a lot to do with the dedication the students and agricultural instructors have. We make them strive to do their best.”


Next up for the Sharyland FFA teams is a District Leadership Development event set for Nov. 7 at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes. If both campuses succeed in that event, they will compete in the area FFA competition Nov. 20 in Kingsville, followed by the State championship in Hunstville.