Students in the Grove FFA attended the Oklahoma State Fair, Tulsa State Fair, Ark/Ok State Fair and American Royal.

Students from the Grove FFA program competed in a variety of career development events and the livestock shows. The career development events contest include: livestock judging, cattle grading, and farm equipment operators contest. The livestock exhibited by the Grove FFA students included; market swine, breeding gilts, market lambs, breeding ewes, market goats, breeding does, market steers, and breeding heifers. Outstanding achievements are listed below.

Tulsa State Fair

Rylee Caswell:

• 1st Place Chianina Steer

• 1st Place Maine Steer

• 2nd Place Cross Wether Lamb

• 7th & 8th Place Commercial Ewe

Hannah Dozier:

• 4th Place Shorthorn Heifer

Kord Butler:

• 1st Place Simmental Prospect Steer

• 1st Place Charolais Market Steer

Kash Butler:

• 2nd Place Red Angust Heifer

Tori Bauer:

• 6th Place Wether Goat

Justice Stroud:

• 9th Place Farm Equipment Operators Contest

Marisa Rowe:

• 4th Place Duroc Gilt

• Overall Champion Barrow Showmanship Winner

American Royal

Marisa Rowe:

• 1st Place Duroc Gilt

• Champion Heavy Weight Crossbred Barrow

“The purposes of these livestock projects and career development events are not only to expose youth to the livestock industry but also to develop important life skills. When a student has to care for animals or take on other agriculture responsibilities, they are going to be more accountable and engaged and have a better understanding of life than a young person who has not had similar experiences. Through these activities students develop leadership, life skills, and citizenship,” said Garrett Bergman, the Grove High School Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor.

As an experienced and competitive livestock exhibitor, Rowe has a piece of advice for a student who is considering showing livestock.

“Dream big and work hard, you have to be willing to do what other will not,” said Rowe.

Agriculture programs prepare students for high-demand careers in cutting edge industries like biotechnology, renewable energies, engineering, food production, and more. They also teach students how to be leaders and prepare them to take on the challenges of the next generation.

About Grove FFA

The Grove High School Agricultural Education program currently has over 100 students. The program offers a wide array of classes including: Agricultural Exploration & Orientation, Agriscience II, Agribusiness, Animal Science, & Agricultural Power & Technology. The Grove High School FFA chapter works in tandem with the Agricultural Education program to encourage students to develop premiere leadership, personal growth, and career success. The Grove High School Agriculture Educator & FFA Advisor is William Garrett Bergman.