The fall season for FFA concluded last week and Madisonville High displayed one of the most dominant runs in program history.
Of the 13 competing separate FFA squads from Madisonville, 12 placed in the top four at Districts and seven placed in State as well.
“I wanted to personally thank all of the teachers, parents, coaches, community organizers, pastors and friends who have helped our FFA students this year,” said Lynita Foster, the team’s coordinator. “As our fall contest season comes to a close, we have felt so humble to have the amazing support of our school and community.”
The teams that ultimately placed at the Texas state competitions were Agriculture Advocacy (19th in state out of 286 statewide entries), Junior Creed (third in state out of 641 entries), Junior Quiz (sixth in state out of 550), Junior Chapter Conducting (18th in state out of 233), Job Interview (12th in state out of 478), Senior Quiz (15th in state out of 673) as well as Agricultural Issues, who finished with a State Championship.
“It’s important to keep in mind the state we are competing in as well as the accomplishments,” said Foster. “Texas is one of the biggest and contains many high schools, and the FFA competition is rigorous.”
Foster stressed how their team wanted to be strong across the board, not just in a couple of categories. This became an undoubtable reality once the broad Madisonville showing became sweepstakes winners at both District and Area.
“Our teams really delivered the best performances when we needed them throughout this great season,” said Foster. “I’m just so grateful all the hard work these kids put forward has paid off in such a big way.”
While it was a season to remember, Foster doe recall one season where the program sent eight teams to the state round. Still, it’s easily among one of the most successful seasons in school history.
Texas is the largest state for FFA membership with 119,000 members and 1,020 chapters. There are no subdivisions in FFA due to school size or location.