On Feb. 6, the San Simon FFA took 26 FFA members to the Gila Southern District Field Day in Safford. Those students competed in Agriculture Mechanics, Livestock Evaluation, Horse Evaluation, Aquaculture, Job Interview, Soils and Agronomy.
Several teams did very well. The horse team finished first, consisting of Zane Webster (2nd high individual), Torrie Rourke (6th high individual), Bertha Lazalde-Ruiz (3rd high individual) and Spencer Donaldson. The livestock judging team also took home first-place honors, with Joseph Fickett (3rd high individual), Isis Salyers, Ryan Adame and James Fickett. The Ag Mechanics team also placed 1st, with Jared Ordonez (1st high individual), Vince Woodcox, 2nd, Nathan Phifer, 3rd, and JD Cranford, 5th. Dylan Hernandez also participated. The soils team finished third: Caylin Tibbets finished 3rd overall, Justin Nguyen, 5th. The team also included Cody Nguyen and Michael Clark.
On March 1, San Simon FFA took 14 students to the State CDE day, held at the University of Arizona. The horse team brought home the honors of State Champions and will be competing at the National FFA Convention in October in Louisville, Ky. The team included Zane Webster, 4th high individual; Torrie Rourke, 6th high individual; Spencer Donalson, 8th high individual and Bertha Lazalde-Ruiz. There were 38
teams in the horse judging contest and more than 148 contestants. The students took an online exam, judged
four classes and gave one set of oral reasons in the contest.
The soils team placed sixth in the state. The team included Caylin Tibbetts, Michael Clark, Justin Nguyen and Jared Ordonez.