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The Black River FFA Chapter started off their Spring Judging Invitationals on February 18, at the Mt. Gilead Judging Invitational at the Morrow County Fairgrounds. Team members participated in the Horse Judging, General Livestock, and Nature Interpretation competitions.

The Nature Interpretation competition consists of a students’ capability to evaluate and/or determine techniques of leading nature and wildlife programs. Contestants will identify problem plant and animal species, including invasive and non-native species, and select those practices to best control the species based on the scenario provided. In addition, each student will complete a 50 question written exam. The following team members participated in the competition: Collin Burnett (17th), John Bricker (18th) and Anthony Liberty (48th).

The Horse Judging competition consists of judging two halter classes, one performance, and a class of hay, identifying different types of tack and equipment, and taking a 50-question written test. Overall the horse team placed 2nd out of 12 teams scoring 1399 points. The team consisted of Madison Stuart (2nd), Hannah McKenzie (4th), Kelly Wilson (9th), Sora Edwards (17th), Hannah Abfall (24th), and Brianna Englehart (35th). In addition, one Black River middle school student participated in the event: Kailee Baker (70th).

The General Livestock competition consists of members judging both breeding and market classes for sheep, goats, swine and beef cattle. Participants also answer conformation and production questions for each class in addition to completing a current market grid. The General Livestock team earned 16th out of 47 teams. The team consisted of members, Hannah Moskal (29th), Brianna Clifford (77th), Callee Aviles (132nd), Eric Cordonnier (172nd), and Taylor Hendershot (258th). In addition, two Black River middle school students also participated in the event: Coleton Thompson (97th) and Hope Diaz (167th). Congratulations to all team members!

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