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Bandera FFA glows at National Convention


During the week of Oct. 22 -28, 2017, five members of the Bandera FFA chapter traveled to the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
From more than 300 applicants nationwide, Zakary Widenor was chosen to participate in the National FFA chorus and sang in six of the eight sessions, as well as several other performances around the city of Indianapolis.
Aidan Prater and Erick Siebold competed in the National Agriscience Fair with their project entitled “Water Conservation: Maximizing pasture planting practices to reduce water consumption and increasing native wildlife sustainability.” In their research, the team evaluated the transpiration rate of Ashe Juniper to that of Mountain Laurel, Kidney Wood, and Spanish oak, which are preferred dietary vegetation by white tail deer. The team placed second in the nation. This is the fourth year in a row that an agriscience project from Bandera FFA has placed in the top three at the national contest.
Finally, John Derry and JD Montague were awarded their American Degree, the highest degree attainable by any National FFA member. Since its charter on Oct.15, 1936, the Bandera FFA chapter has only had four other members attain the American degree. These were Woody Leonard in 1968, Larry Bauch in 1969, Randy Schott in 1971 and Carilee Ribbins in 1999. John and JD make the fifth and sixth Bandera FFA members to receive the degree and the first in the 21st century. Fewer than one-half of one percent of all FFA members in the nation ever receives this prestigious degree.