By Cheyenne Hearn

Hot Springs FFA Reporter

On April 11, the Hot Springs FFA Chapter set out to compete at the 2012 State Career Development Events (CDEs) in Las Cruces, on the NMSU campus. Seven teams, which consisted of Crops, FBM, Horse, Land, Livestock, Homesite, and Pasture and Range, competed during this week.

The Pasture & Range Team – consisting of Arliss Chavez, Nichole McGuire, Mackenzie Greene, and Savannah Gillis – placed first in the state. Those Individuals who placed in the top 10 were: Arliss Chavez, first (top high point in the state); Nichole McGuire, fifth; Mackenzie Greene, tenth.

The FBM Team – consisting of Nichole McGuire, Bryce Smith, Shelby Downs, and Travis Day – placed second as a team. Those individuals who placed in the top 10 were: Nichole McGuire, sixth; Travis Day, ninth; and Bryce Smith, tenth.

The Homesite Team – consisting of Regan Chavez, Cheyenne Hearn, Sealy Kuenstler, and Annie Kuenstler – placed second as a team. Placing in the top 10 was Regan Chavez, sixth.

The Crops Team – consisting of Arliss Chavez, Quaid Muncy, and Savannah Gillis – placed sixth as a team.

The Land Team – consisting of Christian Hopkins, Sealy Kuenstler, Regan Chavez, and Callie Joe Swaim – placed sixth as a team.

The Livestock Team consisted of Bryce Smith, Christian Hopkins, Quaid Muncy, and Kade Hopkins and placed 16th as a team.

The Horse Team consisted of Mackenzie Greene, Skylar Green, and Sara Nelson, and placed 29thas a team.

The Pasture and Range Team as well as the Homesite Team qualified to go to the National Land and Range Judging contest in Oklahoma City. They will be traveling on April 30-May 4 for this event.

“All of the FFA members who went with us to the State CDE did an amazing job. They worked very hard throughout the week in all of their specific areas. In the end, all of their hard work paid off for them. We had a great year and now two of our teams get a huge opportunity to compete at a much larger competition. We will be in Oklahoma City for competing for a place in the top five in the nation. It is always a tough contest, and we will do our best,” stated FFA Reporter Cheyenne Hearn.

Please congratulate these individuals when you them and wish those FFA teams the best of luck for as they get ready for National Land and Range.

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