Two Red Oak High School teams advanced to the FFA State Leadership Development Event Contests on Friday.
Kat Aris, sophomore, competed in the job interview and earned second place in the recent area competition while the radio broadcast team that comprises of Ryan Pickard, junior; Kaylee Curfman, junior; and Riley Fifield, senior, also qualified for the state contest with a second-place plaque.
At the area leadership contest, the top two teams from the five FFA districts in area VIII, competed in each event for a spot in the top two placements, to advance to the state contest.
ROHS agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Jake Mullican explained Aris had competed on the greenhand team last year and made it to the area contest. Mullican saw Aris as a natural speaker through her progression as a freshman.
“Her public speaking is very good. She has that confidence and presence about her, so it was pretty much a shoo-in that she was a natural for one of those LDEs.”
The broadcast team has been strong from the get-go. ROHS has not had a radio broadcast group compete in years. Each of the broadcast students competed on different teams last year and came together this year.
“For them to go in and win the district contest — especially the district contest we’ve always had heavy hitters in that contest,” Mullican elaborated. “For them to get first in our district their first year doing it and then turn around and qualify for state was pretty impressive.”
Pickard agreed with Mullican and said, "We've worked really hard. This is only our first year on the team and we've really impressed ourselves with how far we've made it."
Curfman now in 11th grade said, "It's important to me because it's giving us an opportunity that not many kids get to experience."
The top 20 teams in each contest will compete in the semifinals on Friday, and the top 10 teams will advance to the state finals on Saturday at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.