The Neosho High School Agronomy team took first place overall in the National FFA competition held Wednesday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 26 in Indianapolis, Ind.
This is the fourth time that an NHS agronomy team has placed first at the national tournament, and the third consecutive year that an NHS team has made it to nationals.
The team also placed first in 2008, 2010 and 2011, though each year the team is made up of new members.
In addition, the four team members, all high school juniors, also earned individual honors at the national level.
Amanda Gannan was named high individual, Nik Manley took second place, Zayne Aldrich placed third and Kaitlyn Sage took fifth place.
The competition consisted of a team presentation, and nine areas of individual competition, as well as a written exam.
The team was given a fictional scenario of a field’s condition and one hour to formulate a management plan for that field, such as what crops would be planted and which pesticides and fertilizers would be used.
The individual areas of competition included seed analysis, plant disorder identification, insect identification, equipment identification, canola and corn grain grading, soil diagnostics, plant diagnostics, hay judging, and vegetable judging.
“They had a good run,” said NHS agriculture instructor Mike Aldrich. “They overcame the pressure and did really well on all areas.”
The team was coached by Brian Scott.