Rector FFA Students Excel
March has been a busy month for Rector Future Farmers of America members, with several members having taken part in livestock shows and Career Development Events (CDE). The hectic schedule is another aspect of what makes the work done by these students so impressive.
Students took part in the Crowley's Ridge Classic at the Greene County District Fairgrounds in Paragould March 7, 8 and 9.
Rector's Kaylee Hartsfield had an outstanding effort at the event, winning Supreme Heifer, Reserve Junior Showman and Senior Showman awards. Hartsfield received a scholarship for her championship efforts, continuing her reign as one of the top cattle presenters in Arkansas.
Huston Highfill, Vanessa Jones and Hartsfield also took part in hog exhibits at the event. Chelsey Scott represented RHS by presenting in the goat exhibit.
"I thought all the students did a great job," RHS FFA advisor Hannah Gray said. "It was great to see Kaylee do so well because I know how hard she works; all the kids work hard."
Rector students also stood out at the Eastern District CDEs, held March 13 at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
The Horse Evaluation team, consisting Jordan Crane, Madison Cate, Ty Haney and Bailey Haney won first in the division with a high score of 870. This was a momentous win for the Rector team, as it shows the students possess a wealth of knowledge which could prove vital in future career considerations.
The RHS Agronomy team earned a fourth place finish. The team is made up of Hadleigh Watson, RaChelle Classen, Meagan March and Dalton Murray.
The Livestock team finished fifth in its event. The team includes Chelsey Scott, Hailey Hilfiker, Huston Highfill and Emma Hobbs.
The three aforementioned teams will now take part in the state-level CDEs at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on April 18.
"We're all looking forward to competing at the state CDEs," Gray said. "It's a great opportunity for our students. It should be a good experience for them."