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Scott High Schoolers Faring Well All Over

At the same time that the basketball team is making a run at the state title, other Scott County High School organizations are showing that they, too, can compete at that high of a level.

Members of the Scott County chapter of Future Farmers of America competed Wednesday in the UK Bluegrass Regional FFA Day and, out of 16 speaking areas, 11 students finished high enough to progress on to state competition.

"It is one of the largest regions in the state of Kentucky," said FFA adviser Regina Fritsch. "So it's really tough competition."

FFA members received superior ratings in 13 superior ratings and several excellents.

"I have just been thrilled with the way the kids performed," said Fritsch. "It was a good surprise.

"We expected a couple regional winners, but we didn't expect this. We were so excited."

Fritsch likened the team's success to other recent successes for the high school, including the boys' basketball team and the DECA members.

"We're really keeping Scott County on the map, aren't we?" she said.

The students who won the right to go on to state competition were Courtney Keller, Erin Galvin, Amanda Conley, April Thomas, Allie Dunn, Megan Hephner, Hannah Covington, Carter Mobley, Ansel Bryant, Wes Doom and Ashley Ruth.

All Scott County FFA winners included:

Public speaking - Keller, superior, first place; creed speaking - Galvin, superior, first place; American Institute for Cooperatives - Samantha Licato, superior; aquaculture impromptu - Tyler Flynt, superior; beef impromptu - Conley, superior, first place; floral impromptu - Thomas, superior, second place; fruit and vegetable impromptu - Dunn, superior, second place; horse impromptu - Hephner, superior, second place; nursery/landscape - Covington, superior, first place; sheep impromptu - Mobley, superior, first place; small animal impromptu - Kirsten Labree, superior, third place; swine impromptu - Bryant, superior, first place; turf/lawn impromptu - Doom, superior, second place; FFA quiz contest - Ruth; and greenhouse impromptu - Jennifer Fister, first place.

In addition, four students received honorable mention for their "excellent" ratings. They included: extemporaneous - Linda Brashear; crop impromptu - James Lyons; dairy impromptu - Casey Wallace; and goat impromptu - Katie Flynt.

In related news, the Scott County DECA program had its success in its state competition.

DECA is an association for marketing students, according to Michelle Nichols, marketing teacher and DECA adviser at Scott County High School.

Students involved in DECA were responsible for various projects year-round, Nichols said.

"We have a team that put together the students vs. faculty basketball game," she said. "They negotiate sponsorship, design advertisements and create tickets, and once they plan the event they have to type what ends up being about a 30-page paper and prepare a presentation for a judge."

Students who finished first, second or third in the state conference qualified for the International Career and Developmental Conference, held in Orlando, Fla., in April.

"There are competitors from other countries, like Germany and Japan," Nichols said. "It's exciting."

Eighteen students qualified for the next level of competition. Kayla Bradley received a first place for entrepreneurship participating. Second place recipients included Brittany Holzhause, Shelby King, Courtney Ehrler, Jesse Lokovich, Alex Adams Brett Jarvis, Maura Shirley, Sachi Howard, Tyler Royse and Hillary Botts. Third place winners were Kelsey Bender, Alicia Southworth, Olivia Vogel, Karmen Bruner, Cory Cronin, Taylor Land and Rebecca Bayer.

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