FFA teams see varied succcess

WHATCOM ­— This is a recap of how local high school FFA teams did in state or this season’s regional competions:


Nooksack Valley

Three Nooksack Valley teams did well at state, advisor Rhonda Juergens reports.

The Food Science and Technology Team ended up second in state, with team member Elizabeth Conner standing out as the top individual, Kendall Newton ninth and Madison Hem 11th.

Already at the end of April in Ellensburg, a Horse Evaluation Team ended up seventh in state, with Ivy Thompson doing best among five students  by placing ninth individually.

Nooksack Valley’s Milk Quality and Products Team took eighth in state.


Mount Baker

Mount Baker had no state winners, but did have good showings in various spring competitions in western Washington, reports advisor Todd Rightmire.

Agricultural Mechanics placed fourth in state out of 20 teams, with Chase Craiger fifth overall out of 100 individuals.

Mount Baker’s Trapshooting Team placed seventh at the Washington State Invitational out of 38 teams competing. This is the highest Mt. Baker has ever placed in this competition and the first time entering it since 2002.

The Floriculture Team placed 12th in state competition.



Ferndale reports that Gabby Billesbach was a winner in the Agriculture Education area.



Lynden FFA had one team that will go on to nationals, said advisor Tammy Brandvold. It won the Hall of Chapters contest.

For state, team members made a display representing agriculture in Whatcom County. Now that display will represent   state agriculture in Washington and will compete in Hall of States. 

The team consisted of Mia Berry and Jordan Simmons. For nationals they will be joined by Dillon DeJong and Layla Todd.


Lynden Christian

A decorated truck in the Lynden Farmers Day Parade on June 1 proclaimed that Lynden Christian FFA teams had won a passel of high placings at state. No further information could be obtained for this overview.

The Farm Business and Dairy Cattle Evaluation teams had won first places. The Vet Science, Dairy Foods and Ag Mechanics and Tractor Driving teams had all taken second, and the Food Science team took 10th.