Cloudland students wrangle awards at livestock competition

Published 6:45 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018



All FFA Chapters from across the Tri-Cities recently gathered together at the Appalachian Fair in Gray to compete in a livestock competition.

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This is a contest that the Cloudland High School FFA Chapter has been competing in since 2011. Each year, Cloudland students have walked away with various honors and this year was no different.

Madison Gibbs, CHS freshman, received an individual first place award out of over 100 students by earning a score on 148 out of 150. Fellow freshman Hannah Hart tied with Gibbs with 148 points.

Along with the individual honors, Megan Clawson, Evan Heaton, Christian Chambers and Gibbs received second place overall in the team decision.

“My FFA members never cease to amaze me,” said Cloudland FFA Advisor Lauren Turbyfill. “Their diligence and passion for what they do is what brings in the victories, whether it be encouraging the masses to vote for us in a T-shirt contest, or comparing and contrasting cattle. These students have heart.”

During the competition, students are grouped into teams of three or four and must observe “classes” of cattle, compare their strengths and weaknesses, and determine their rank in order of most desirable to least desirable in terms of production.