Uncertainty was looming for Casey Corley on Dec. 6.
The Madisonville sophomore did not know whether or not his team won the Ag Issues category at the state FFA competition in Huntsville. But, when Corley discovered that his team won, he was overcome with relief and emotion.
“When I found out that we won, I felt like 1,000 pounds were lifted off my back,” Corley said.
Corley was joined on the Ag Issues team by fellow sophomores Camryn Frederick and Kathleen Murphy, junior Kate Coleman, and seniors Maggie Dorman and Briannon Schabowsky. Madisonville won the category for the fourth year in a row.
“It’s exciting,” Murphy said. “I’m glad that we get to keep going. We didn’t want to be known as the team who didn’t win state.”
Madisonville had to overcome an Onalaska team who defeated it in the district and area FFA competitions. Onalaska finished third behind Madisonville and San Antonio Madison, respectively.
“When they announced that Onalaska finished third, I was very excited,” Frederick said. “I couldn’t stop crying when I found out we won state.”
With the state championship, Madisonville will advance to the FFA national competition, which will take place Oct. 28-31, 2015 in Louisville. While the competition is 10 months away, Coleman said they have a plan to keep their topic on the Dallas-Houston high-speed railway fresh on their minds.
“We created a questionnaire packet to help us remember,” Coleman said.
By the time the national competition rolls around, Coleman will be a senior, Corley, Frederick and Murphy will be juniors, and Dorman and Schabowsky will be high school graduates. The two current seniors hope to compete in Louisville next October.
“There will be a lot of skyping and other forms of online communication between me and the group,” Dorman said.
Dorman plans to attend Oklahoma State next fall. Schabowsky plans on enlisting in the Marine Corps, and hopes she can make arrangements to go to Louisville to compete.
“It all depends on when I report to Basic Training,” Schabowsky said. “Basic is 13 weeks long. I hope I’ll be done in time for the competition, and can make it.”