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Cherokee FFA competes in various state fair events


October 30, 2019

Xander Jackson receives a belt buckle, plaque and a ribbon for winning High FFA Individual in dairy judging at the Tulsa State Fair. Jade Jantzen displays the award winning floral arrangement he exhibited at the Oklahoma State Fair.

The Cherokee FFA chapter was very involved in both the Oklahoma State Fair and Tulsa State Fair, which ran through Oct. 5. For most, this was a first time experience in many of the competitions. Students were able to compete and find success in various FFA competitions during the state fairs.

During the Oklahoma State Fair, members each made a floral arrangement of their choice to compete in the FFA horticulture exhibits. A total of 49 exhibits were entered by Cherokee FFA members. Results included: Colby Roach, 5th place; Xander Jackson, 10th place; Kesya Solis, 7th place; Drake Williams 8th place; Warren Walborn, 6th place; Jayten Davis, 9th place; and Jade Jantzen, 7th place.

In addition, 12 members competed in the livestock judging contest. Drake Williams, Melanie Macias, Jasmine Watters, and Anna Alvarez competed in the Beef Skill-a-thon. Drake Williams placed 4th in the Senior Division. Jasmine Watters placed 9th in the Senior Division.

The chapter then took 19 members for the Oklahoma State Fair dairy judging contest. Team members Gaby Solis, Ruston James, Aiden Sanborn and Kota Parker placed 8th overall. The 10th place team consisted of Lane Krob, Xander Jackson, Jasmine Watters and Jacob Mustard.

Cherokee traveled to the Oklahoma State Fair once again for the Goat Skill-a-thon contest. Gaby Solis placed 9th place. In addition to contests, Drake Williams exhibited a prospect steer, which placed third.

During the Tulsa State Fair, Cherokee FFA members stayed hooked up in various competitions. Two dairy judging teams competed with Xander Jackson winning High FFA Individual. He received a belt buckle, plaque and ribbon.

A small group of FFA members competed in the commercial cattle grading contest held on Oct. 1. In addition, two teams of FFA members competed in the livestock judging contest. FFA livestock exhibitors included Blake Failes, Ruston James and Lexi Williams.

Forty-eight floral arrangements competed for awards. Placings were as follows: Kacie Eshelman, 4th place; Anna Alvarez, 5th place; Cherish Reeves, 10th place; Brant Failes, 9th place; Xander Jackson, 9th place; Callista Studer, 9th place; Jayten Davis, 3rd place; Madysen Ryel, 4th place; Jade Jantzen, 3rd place; Lathan Golden, 6th place; and Caden Harmon, 5th place

To conclude the Tulsa State Fair, five FFA members competed in a calf scramble. Applications were submitted in early September for a chance of selection. Cherokee FFA members Ruston James, Gaby Solis, Kaleb Nevels, Warren Walborn and Colby Roach were selected to compete. Ruston James was successful in catching a calf. He will receive an $800 voucher towards a show animal to exhibit at the 2020 Tulsa State Fair.


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