Cassville competes in Aggie Day

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Levi Pollreisz, left, Cassville FFA member, participates in the floriculture competition at the 46th annual Crowder College Aggie Day. Cassville placed 11th out of 49 in the team competition. Pollreisz placed 19th out of 191 individually. Contributed Photo

Best finish is 9th in entomology competition

Cassville FFA club placed No. 9 out of 39 teams in the entomology competition at the 46th annual Crowder College Aggie Day on Thursday.

The team had four members. The best individual performance for Cassville was Will Edmondson, who placed 13th out of 153.

Deidre Westpheling, Cassville FFA president, was on the entomology team.

"They always give us a test about insects," she said. "There is a math portion, and we also identify insects [common to Missouri]. Aggie Day was really fun for me to just be around other FFA members, and it also challenged your knowledge about different parts of agriculture."

Entomology participants have to figure out chemical applications as far as pesticide applications, which is mainly math, said Jimmy Hinson, co-FFA advisor with Kelin Kruse. They have to figure out what percent of chemicals to mix, depending the type of insect. Entomology and horse competitions have general knowledge tests.

The Cassville FFA also participated in floriculture, horses, job interview, livestock, nursery/landscape and poultry contests.

The floriculture competition had a 75-question test, said Levi Pollreisz, Cassville FFA member.

"We had to identify different flowers native to Missouri," said Pollreisz, who placed 19th out of 191 individually. "We had a list of about 124, and we had to do 60. We had to identify tools used in greenhouses and wholesale and retail businesses. Then, we had to identify diseases plants can get.

"We got 11th out of 49 [as a team]. It was a rough one. It was not our best. It was difficult."

Although 11th was not what he was hoping for, Pollreisz said the four-member team had fun.

The livestock team competition finished 11th out of 49, said Hunter Madison, Cassville FFA.

"We usually do better, but that day was an off day," said Madison, who placed 29th out of 192 individually.

He said the competition had pretty high-quality livestock. The participants judged goats, cross bred ewes, market hogs, gilts and red angus bulls. They also looked at female selection and gave reasons for separating each class of four from highest to lowest quality.

Whenever the students place animals, they have to defend, justify their decision through oral reasoning, Hinson said.

"This helps them build decision-making skills, as well as learn how to effectively defend or justify their decisions," he said.

Cassville FFA has 136 members, Hinson said.

"Aggie Day is an excellent event," he said. "Crowder College puts on career development events for the different schools. The purpose behind career development events are competitions for us to see how much our students have obtained skills in different areas."

More than 2,300 high school FFA students, advisors and volunteers attended Aggie Day.

The FFA district competitions were Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at Missouri State University in Springfield. The state competitions are April 16-17 during the Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia.

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