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State FFA-4-H Wildlife Contest Held Near Sinton
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 20, 2009

TEMPLE, TX—Daniel Haverlah, a member of the Ingram FFA chapter earned high point individual in the FFA division at the State Wildlife Career Development Event held April 14. The event was held at the 7,800- acre Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge located near Sinton, Texas. Haverlah earned a total score of 135 out of a possible mean score of 135-150 points.

Cody Garrett of the Harris County 4-H chapter was high point individual with a top score of 118 in the 4-H division.

The top scoring FFA chapter in the state event was the Ingram chapter from Ingram. The team earned a collective score of 392 points. The Harris County 4-H chapter earned a collective team score of 319 in its division.

In respective order, the second place high scoring individual in the FFA division was Nathan Bird who is also a member of the Ingram FFA chapter. Third place high scoring individual was Laura Procter, a member of the Lingleville FFA chapter from Lingleville High School.

Second a third place high scoring teams in the FFA division was the Rusk FFA chapter from Rusk and Brownwood FFA chapter from Brownwood.

In the 4-H division, Dustin Travillion, a member of the Red River County 4-H team, earned second place honors. Third place honors were claimed by Jonathan Ermert who is a member of the Harris County 4-H team.

Second place high point scoring team honors went to the Red River County 4-H team from Clarksville while the Brazoria County 4-H team from Angleton earned third place honors.

100 youth representing 45 FFA teams and 32 youth representing 9 4-H teams participated in the state event.

The Wildlife Alliance for Youth (WAY) consists of a consortium of local, state and federal agencies, as well as private organizations working together to provide support and technical assistance to agricultural science teachers and 4-H leaders who train youth in various aspects of wildlife conservation and habitat management.

Competitive events in the program focus on plant identification, wildlife plant food preferences, wildlife biological facts, wildlife habitat evaluation, habitat management, fish and game laws, safety, the outdoors, wildlife identification techniques and navigation in the field.

Approximately 900 teams with nearly 3,000 FFA and 4-H youth in Texas participated in the program last year.

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