Hermiston High School’s agriculture issues team also qualified first at the state FFA competition this year, guaranteeing it a spot at the national competition.

The team left for Lousville with the Echo meats evaluation team today and will begin competition Wednesday. The team is composed of now college freshmen Abby Gray, Amedy Vanderkooy, Lacey McCleary and Brandi White and Hermiston High School junior Chase Carlson.

The students have been practicing twice a week for the last three months to prepare a presentation on the National School Lunch Program they will give at nationals.

They will also perform a skit and take a knowledge test at nationals.

“They have had to do a lot of research on the topic because the law continues to change,” Hermiston agriculture teacher Leah Smith said.

Smith said, in addition to the competition, students will also have the chance to do a number of other activities outside of FFA, including a visit to Churchill Downs and the Slugger Museum and a tour of the Mammoth Caves .

“They (the students) are very excited,” Smith said. “We have a lot of educational and fun things planned while we are there.”

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