The Connors State College Division of Agriculture hosted its 70th Annual Aggie Day Interscholastic Competition on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Warner Campus with a record-breaking 2,100 competitors, advisers and guests in attendance. During the day of contests, 1,981 students vied for top team and individual honors, while 253 different 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters from across Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas were represented.
In 1947, the CSC “Aggie Day” was just a small idea, under the guidance of agriculture instructor Robert Hodges. No one could have predicted the longevity of this event, held annually the first Thursday in April, or the growth of its popularity. In the beginning, the contests held included Crop Judging, now Agronomy; Dairy Judging, now Milk Quality and Products; and Livestock Judging — some things just don’t change.
Today’s Aggie Day is the largest interscholastic competition in the state of Oklahoma, and covers a plethora of disciplines within the agriculture industry. It continues to draw students from far and wide to put their skills and knowledge to the test in subjects like, Entomology, Floriculture, Electricity, Farm and Agri-Business Management, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Ag Communications, Food Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Land Evaluation, Rangeland Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Meat Quality and Evaluation, Nursery and Landscape Management, Milk Quality and Products, Agronomy, Poultry Evaluation and, of course, Livestock Judging. For the student competitors, the interscholastics is a hands-on ‘final exam’ for their area of study.
According to Debby Golden, CSC Division Chair for Agriculture, Connors agriculture alumni play a significant role in the success of the event.
“Our alumni return year after year to assist with contests and grading, to give back the knowledge they have to the future agriculturalists of our country,” said Golden. “Aggie Day’s longevity can also be attributed to our event sponsors, who see the interscholastic competitions as an important event for our state’s youth and our college.”
A 7 a.m. start time required many competitors to travel in the early morning hours from across state lines. The day started with cups of coffee, sleepy eyes and weary travelers, and ended with sighs of relief from advisors, excited squeals from competitors, and selfies with new awards.
“Aggie Day brings new faces from across the state and region and introduces high school students to our campus,” said Golden. “The day’s events give a glimpse into the life of a Connors student, and a taste of the experience at the college farm. These students meet college professors who have the same great qualities as their local ag teacher or FFA advisor, but in higher education. The contest allows students to get a feel for our agriculture family here at Connors State.”
Corporate sponsors for the 2017 event included American Farmers and Ranchers, T&D Meats, Natural Resources Conservation Service of Muskogee, Payne, Rogers and Sequoyah Counties, OSU-IT and the University of Arkansas.
“An event of this size doesn’t take place without the help from many departments and individuals on our campus,” said Golden. “The list is long, but our people are great. From ag faculty and staff to students, and from maintenance staff to high school ag teachers and district supervisors, we couldn’t do this without a mountain of help from all over the campus and state.”
Byng FFA Chapter won the Grand Sweepstakes Award, while Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter took Reserve Grand honors. Full results from the day of contests are located at www.connorsstate.edu and www.judgingcard.com.
Top three contest results and descriptions are as follows.
AGRONOMY: The agronomy career development event consists of seed analysis, grain grading, and plant and seed identification.
1st Place: Kingfisher FFA Chapter, members Haynes Lafferty, Chelsea Johnson, Kaci Jackson, and Britt Taylor.
2nd Place: Broken Bow FFA Chapter, members Kevin Talley, Jared Hartley, Nathan Short, and Colten Batchelor.
3rd Place: Afton FFA Chapter, members Tuff Johnson, Alli Clayton, Lyndsie Wilson and Briauna Chandler.
AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS: The Agricultural Communications career development event prepares students for careers in journalism, radio and television broadcast, web design, marketing and more.
1st Place: Eufaula FFA Chapter, members Laura Vancleave, Samantha Stevenson, and Nicole Farrow.
2nd Place: Vian FFA Chapter, members Ivy Gates, Allison Guthrie, Kaytie Bell, and Alexis Kleman.
3rd Place: Garber FFA Chapter, members Heidi Heitfeld, Brooklyn Light, Emily Cinnamon, and Kenzie Darst.
MILK QUALITY AND PRODUCTS: The dairy foods career development event requires members to complete a written exam on milk production and marketing; evaluate milk samples for flavor and quality; identify cheeses; evaluate sediment pads and milker parts for defects; and demonstrate problem-solving skills in distinguishing real and artificial dairy foods, merchandising dairy foods and current issues in marketing dairy foods.
1st Place: Marlow FFA Chapter, members Lauren Sanders, Ethan Jordan, Angela Molina, and Michael Elroy.
2nd Place: Seminole FFA Chapter, members Dawson Porterfield, Brandon Jones, Gabe McClammy, and Bryan Robertson.
3rd Place: Binger-Oney FFA Chapter, members Bronsen Umbarger, Talin Sitton, Jarriett Watkins, and Hagan Hedrick.
ELECTRICITY: The electricity career development event consists of a written examination and one skill area. Each participant completes at least one hands-on performance associated with either electrical circuits or electric motors.
1st Place: Broken Bow FFA Chapter, members Carrie Huff, Kylia Green, Kalli Battiest, and Jaedon Cott.
2nd Place: Spiro FFA Chapter, members Blake Hammontree, Seth Rinke, Jose Navarro, Aunika Anderson.
3rd Place: Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter, members Marshal Huntington, Rylee Hough, Owen Anderson, and Preston Rogers.
ENTOMOLOGY: The entomology career development event includes spot identification of insects or other arthropods using a list of species provided and pictorial keys.
1st Place: Wellston FFA Chapter, members Dylan Steiber, Stevie Perkins, Augustus Warne and Roper Rackley.
2nd Place: Spiro FFA Chapter, members Nathaniel Sebo, Kaitlyn Lafferty, Wyatt Miliken and Jessica Roeder.
3rd Place: Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter, members Kassidy Hannah, Laura Compstok, Ellie Moore, and Lauren Richardson.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES: The Environmental and Natural Resources career development event consists of a national and global issues interview; environmental and natural resources problem solving; soil tests and profiles; air and water analysis; GPS use; waste management; and more.
1st Place: Byng FFA Chapter, members Jalon Birdshead, Kyle Grant, Katie Bryant and Carson Capps.
2nd Place: Prague FFA Chapter, members Rylee Brown, Dustin Lynch, Dalton Cooper, and Charlie Williams.
3rd Place: Madill FFA Chapter, members Joshua Huffstutlar, Rio Bonham, Joel Havorsen, and Colt Crowson.
FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: During the farm business management career development event, the participants demonstrated knowledge and showed their abilities to apply economic principles to agriculture and agribusiness by completing a written test and solving farm-analysis problems.
1st Place: Greenwood (Arkansas) FFA Chapter, members Jackson Mitchell, Andrew Melton, Rusty Jackson, Hannah Myers.
2nd Place: Binger-Oney FFA Chapter, members Connor Doyle, Spencer Stock, and Trenton Lisenberry.
3rd Place: Owasso FFA Chapter, Hunter McConnell, Jacob Lewis, Cole Schaffit, and Courtney Tillinghast.
FARM SURVEY: The soil and water conservation career development event consists of a written examination. In addition, each participant must complete at least one specific hands-on performance in one of the following areas: land measurement and surveying, soil erosion or drainage and irrigation.
1st Place: Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter, members Katelyn Bailey, Hunter Harris, Jeff Collier, and Trevor Hertel.
2nd Place: Spiro FFA Chapter, members Toby Huff, Ethan Blank, and Matthew Smith.
3rd Place: Broken Bow FFA Chapter, members Trenton Underwood, Bryce Simpkins, Brendan Willis and Braden Bartlett.
FLORICULTURE: The purpose of the floriculture career development event is to promote interest in production and retailing of flowers. The floriculture career development event allows members to demonstrate proficiency in plant identification and production. The skills identified include flower arranging, propagation, growing, harvesting and marketing.
1st Place: Byng FFA Chapter, members Alexis Hise, Madi Sawyers, Calley Martin, and Connor King.
2nd Place: Roland FFA Chapter, members McKenna Wofford, Kylie Herd, Destinee Asbill, Robin Farrell.
3rd Place: Morris FFA Chapter, members Halee Dodge, Sara Grammer, Kierra Dixon, McKenzie Owen.
FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: The Food Science career development event requires students to have an in-depth understanding of food product development and presentation and food safety issues. Participants use their sensory skills to solve problems and make sound decisions.
1st Place: Watts FFA Chapter, Paige Ward, Emily Corbin, Emma Phillips, and Talesa Wilson.
2nd Place: Elgin FFA Chapter, Hope Cunningham, Madi Musick, Shawn Hilliary, and Gunner McNeil.
3rd Place: Fort Gibson FFA Chapter, Dylan Mills, Zack Cooper, Tripp Shultz, and Kolby Martin.
JUNIOR LAND JUDGING: The land judging career development event consists of four sites for which the soil characteristics are judged and correct treatments prescribed.
1st Place: Ninnekah FFA Chapter, members Dakota Dinsmore, Mariah Watson, Allison Boevers, and Baylee Pitts.
2nd Place: Vian FFA Chapter, members Jake Coffee, Brooks Coffee, Benjamin Spyres, and Tee Trotter.
3rd Place: Meeker 4-H Club, members Aidan Williams, Cade Patterson, Josh Caldwell and Walt Williams.
SENIOR LAND JUDGING: The land judging career development event consists of four sites for which the soil characteristics are judged and correct treatments prescribed.
1st Place: Nowata FFA Chapter, members Bryce Wickham, Hunter Bell, Ty Bell, and Chris Morgan.
2nd Place: Vian FFA Chapter, members Josh Bolin, Trayton Roberts, Hayden Arnold, Sydney McWaters.
3rd Place: Whitesboro FFA Chapter, members Blagg, Andrew Rainwater, John Hamner, and Braeden Richardson.
JUNIOR 4-H LIVESTOCK JUDGING: Livestock judging contests are designed to help students evaluate beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine based on physical characteristics and records for breeding and market usage. The participants also give oral reasons explaining their choices of alignment for certain classes.
1st Place: Washington County 4-H Club, members Hunter Perrier, Jaycie Perrier, Isabel Case, and Izzy Lewis.
2nd Place: Vanoss 4-H Club, members Scotlynn Hatton, Erik Hatton, Carlee Harrington, and Madi Faust.
3rd Place: Kay County 4-H Club, members Reid Buellesfeld, Dillin Miller, Tucker Jeffries, and Justin Fast.
SENIOR 4-H LIVESTOCK JUDGING: Livestock judging contests are designed to help students evaluate beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine based on physical characteristics and records for breeding and market usage. The participants also give oral reasons explaining their choices of alignment for certain classes.
1st Place: Marshall County 4-H Club, members Will Shelby, JB Bell, Ashlynn Arnold, and Trey Hughes.
2nd Place: Stephens County 4-H Club, members Riley Scott, Connor Kern, Maverick Williams, and Garrett Thornton.
3rd Place: Hansford County 4-H Club, members Tyler Stedje, Carter Burgin, Kaitlyn Stedje, and Sam Gumfory.
JUNIOR FFA LIVESTOCK JUDGING: Livestock judging contests are designed to help students evaluate beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine based on physical characteristics and records for breeding and market usage. The participants also give oral reasons explaining their choices of alignment for certain classes.
1st Place: Lindsay FFA Chapter, members Seth Tucker, Stratton Walck, Colt Jones, and Kadie Smith.
2nd Place: Tuttle FFA Chapter, members Cole Tompkins, Caleb Owens, Cheyenne Stoudt, and Owen Lingle.
3rd Place: Wayne FFA Chapter, members Sydney McGowen, Kade McGowen, Caitlin Mantooth, and Tyler Watts.
SENIOR FFA LIVESTOCK JUDGING: Livestock judging contests are designed to help students evaluate beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine based on physical characteristics and records for breeding and market usage. The participants also give oral reasons explaining their choices of alignment for certain classes.
1st Place: Kingfisher FFA Chapter, members Madelyn Gerken, Molly McCully, Taylor Chapman, and Emily Murray.
2nd Place: Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter, members Truitt Taylor, Ty Taylor, Sam Barron and Jacob Auer.
3rd Place: Prairie Grove FFA Chapter, members Kinder Harlow, Mason Walker, Whitney Walker and Chandler Rhein.
NON-REASONS FFA LIVESTOCK JUDGING: Livestock judging contests are designed to help students evaluate beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine based on physical characteristics and records for breeding and market usage.
1st Place: Bethani Bishop of Kingston FFA.
2nd Place: Parker Cantrell of Skiatook FFA.
3rd Place: Mason Swinford of Morrison FFA.
MEATS JUDGING: The meats evaluation and technology career development event requires members to complete a written test; judge quality, yield and grade of beef carcasses; and evaluate and place beef, lamb and pork carcasses. Participants also identify various cuts of meat in relation to species, prime and retail cuts.
1st Place: Tuttle FFA Chapter, members Kayla Moody, Brooklin Williams, Zoie Halphen, and Elizabeth Bailey.
2nd Place: Porter FFA Chapter, members Emily Snow, Liz Cantu, Samantha Turner, and Zach Albert.
3rd Place: Hulbert FFA Chapter, members Walker Cook, Cole McNeil, Tristan Brave, and Stevie Brave.
NURSERY: The nursery/landscape career development event requires participants to complete a written exam, identify plant materials and landscape plans, and demonstrate practical nursery/landscaping skills. The contest includes landscaping, propagation, potting, pruning, plant disorders, weed identification and control, merchandising, plant material measurement and interpersonal relations and salesmanship.
1st Place: Byng FFA Chapter, members Trenton Shaw, Conner Sawyers, Trevor Shaw, and Nick Williams.
2nd Place: Wellston FFA Chapter, members Hannah Chapman, Jackson Jones, Sydni Case and Emma James.
3rd Place: Claremore FFA Chapter, members Katrina Sherrick, Kortney Hendricks, Abbie Wilson, and Bailey Apodaca.
POULTRY: The poultry evaluation career development event requires members to evaluate chickens, turkeys, processed products and eggs; present oral reasons on the placing of their classes; identify poultry parts; and complete a written general knowledge exam.
1st Place: Lincoln (Arkansas) FFA Chapter, members Shayla Fox, Lacie Carte, Hayley Doshier, and Shylynn Osborne.
2nd Place: Farmington (Arkansas) FFA Chapter, members Jeffrey Jones, Seth Horn, Jordan Horn, and Emily Spatz.
3rd Place: Har-Ber (Arkansas) FFA Chapter, members Amanda Anthony, Evan Feiner, John Glenn, and Isabelle Pianalto.
RANGELAND: The rangeland judging career development event consists of three locations for ecological condition and land use and two locations for plant identification.
1st Place: Roland FFA Chapter, members Nick English, Israel Clark, Prentiss Peters, and Tony Grounds.
2nd Place: Sequoyah FFA Chapter, members Tanner Grubbs, Markus McClurg, Hunter Suntken, and Bryce Walters.
3rd Place: Broken Arrow FFA Chapter, members Mairin Beck, Katie Smallen, Randie North, and Kelsey Gray.
Soil and Water Conservation Survey: The Soil and Water Conservation Survey career development event teaches participants the principles of soil and water conservation, including soil and water relationships, mathematic principles and land surveying.
1st Place: Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter, members Katelyn Bailey, Jeff Collier, Hunter Harris, and Trevor Hertel.
2nd Place: Spiro FFA Chapter, members Toby Huff, Ethan Blank and Matthew Smith.
3rd Place: Broken Bow FFA, members Trenton Underwood, Bryce SImpkins, Brendan Willis, and Braden Bartlett.
VET SCIENCE: The purpose of the veterinary science career development event is to promote college and career readiness by providing opportunities to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.
1st Place: Colcord FFA Chapter, members Breanna Linn, Megan Lynch, Lexie Wilson, and Dalton Shackelford.
2nd Place: Owasso FFA Chapter, members Cole Bettridge, Abby Rhodes, Lindsey Oley, and Mikayla South.
3rd Place: Jenks FFA Chapter, members Keddi Cunningham, Brooke Burns, Taylor Steele, and Ashley Woods.
Connors State College is a two-year college located in east central Oklahoma. For more information visit the CSC website, www.connorsstate.edu.
Photos available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7nnxocsuvi3xdr6/AABGx6sxaFWyDSEXvNLOwO-pa?dl=0
4th Place Farm and Agribusiness Team – Adair FFA
Colten Parker, Thad Wenger (4th High Individual), Andrianna Mooney, Dalton Lee
4th High Individual, Farm and Agribusiness
Thaddeus Wenger – Adair FFA
1st Place Soil and Water Conservation Team – Oklahoma Union FFA
Kaitlynn Bailey, Trevor Hertel, Hunter Harris, Jeff Collier (not pictured)
3rd Place Entomology Team – Oklahoma Union FFA
Laura Compston, Ellie Moore, Kassidy Hannah, Lauren Richardson
3rd Place Farm and Agribusiness Management Team – Owasso FFA
Hunter McConnell, Courtney Tillinghast, Cole Schaffitel, Jacob Lewis
1st Place Rangeland Management Team – Roland FFA
Israel Clark, Tony Grounds, Nick English (High Individual), Prentiss Peters
3rd Place Rangeland Management Team – Broken Arrow FFA
Mairin Beck, Katie Smallen, Kelsey Gray, Randie North, Lis Tighe
1st Place Senior Land Judging Team – Nowata FFA
Bryce Wickham (3rd High Individual), Ty Bell, Hunter Bell, Chris Morgan
2nd Place Entomology Team – Spiro FFA
Nathaniel Sebo (2nd High Individual), Jessica Roeder, Wyatt Milliken, Kaitlyn Lafferty
2nd Place Meat Evaluation Team – Porter FFA
Zack Albert, Emily Snow, Liz Cantue, Sam Turner
5th Place Junior Land Judging Team – Porter FFA
Cole Phillips, Bobby Jackson, Wyatt Wilson, Seth Campbell
1st Place Meat Evaluation Team – Tuttle FFA
Elizabeth Bailey, Brooklin Williams, Zoie Halphen, Kayla Moody
4th Place Junior Land Judging Team – Eufaula FFA
Dawson Heflin, Conner Excell, Zack Dozier, Christian Nester
3rd Place Senior Land Judging Team – Whitesboro FFA
John Hamner, Braeden Richardson, Roxy Blagg, Andrew Rainwater
2nd Place Soil and Water Conservation Team – Spiro FFA
Ethan Blankenship, Toby Huff, Matthew Smith
3rd Place Meat Evaluation Team – Hulbert FFA
Walker Cook, Cole McNeil, Tristen Brave, Stevie Brave
1st Place Entomology Team – Wellston FFA
Augustus Warne, Dylan Steiber, Roper Tackles, Stevie Perkins
2nd Place Senior Land Judging Team – Vian FFA
Josh Bolin, Hayden Arnold, Sydney McWaters, Trayton Roberts
2nd Place Junior Land Judging Team – Vian FFA
Ben Spyres, Brooks Coffee, Jake Coffee, Tee Jay Trotter
2nd Place Ag Communications Team – Vian FFA
Ivy Gates, Allison Guthrie, Alexis Kleman, Katie Bell
1st Place Junior Land Judging Team – Ninnekah FFA
Dakota Dinsmore, Baylee Pitts, Allison Boevers, Mariah Watson
2nd Place Poultry Team – Farmington FFA
Jeffrey Jones, Seth Horn, Jordan Horn, Emily Spatz
1st Place Ag Communications Team – Eufaula FFA
Laura Van Cleave (1st High Individual), Nicole Farrow, Samantha Stevenson (2nd High Individual)
3rd Place Agronomy Team – Afton FFA
Brianna Chandler, Tyler Ferries, Tommy McCall, Tuff Johnson, Alli Clayton, Quetta Woodall, Lyndsie Wilson
3rd Place Food Science Team – Fort Gibson FFA
Kolby Martin, Dylan Mills, Tripp Schultz, Zach Cooper
1st Place Food Science Team – Watts FFA
Bailey Winningham, Paige Ward, Emily Corbin, Emma Phillips, Blake Willis, Talesa Wilson
3rd Place Environmental/ Natural Resources and Sciences Team – Madill FFA
Rio Bonham, Josh Huffstutlar, Joel Halvorsen
3rd Place Veterinary Sciences Team – Jenks FFA
Ashley Woods, Keddi Cunningham, Taylor Steele, Brooke Burns, Jennifer Weaver
1st Place Veterinary Sciences Team – Colcord FFA
Dalton Shackelford, Lexy Wilson, Breanna Linn (1st Place Individual), Megan Lynch (3rd Place Individual)
2nd Place Veterinary Science Individual
Reagon Stephens – Weatherford FFA
1st Place Agronomy Team – Kingfisher FFA
Kaci Jackson, Britt Taylor, Haynes Lafferty (2nd Place Individual), Chelsea Johnson
2nd Place Overall Junior 4-H Livestock Judging Individual
Hunter Perrier – Washington County (AR) 4-H
1st Place Overall Junior 4-H Livestock Judging Team – Washington County 4-H
Hunter Perrier, Jayce Perrier, Isabel Case, Izzy Lewis
10th Place Overall Senior 4-H Livestock Judging Individual
Stratton Walck – Lindsay 4-H
9th Place Overall Junior FFA Livestock Judging Individual
Seth Tucker – Lindsay FFA
4th Place Overall Junior FFA Livestock Judging Individual
Kohlyn Gibson – Oklahoma Union FFA
1st Place Overall Junior FFA Livestock Judging Team – Lindsay FFA
Colt Jones, Stratton Walck, Seth Tucker, Kydie Smith
6th Place Overall Senior FFA Livestock Judging Individual
Brayden Johnson – Tuttle FFA
3rd Place Overall Senior FFA Livestock Judging Individual
Kinder Harlow – Prairie Grove (AR) FFA
2nd Place Overall Senior FFA Livestock Judging Individual
Truitt Taylor – Oklahoma Union FFA
2nd Place Overall Senior 4-H Livestock Judging Individual
Tyler Stedje – Hansford County 4-H
4th Place Overall Senior 4-H Livestock Judging Individual
Caleb Edens – Kay County 4-H
3rd Place Overall Senior 4-H Livestock Judging Individual
Daniel Goodwin – Kay County 4-H