FFA sends 15 to State with District titles


WHS alumnus Julia Spangler

Taking first place in their respective categories at Districts on April 9 at Wenatchee High School, senior Julia Spangler and one sales team in the Wenatchee High School Future Farmers of America chapter will be moving on to State, in addition to 15 other individuals.

Spangler, who is also FFA president, was the only competitor to place in the top three individually in Job Interview.

Two teams also competed in Sales. The first team, made up of junior Bethany Symonds, junior Cody Schuyleman, sophomore Abby Davison, and Spangler, took first place.

A second team of junior Danika Frazier, senior Jeremy Fisch, junior Mandolynn Shepard, and sophomore Alura Hottinger, took fourth place but were selected to go to State in a raffle draw.

Three teams automatically qualified for state, them being a Food Science team, (junior Alicia Henly, junior Alexis Davies, junior Halle Fox, and Tyson Sage), a Veterinary Science team (Hottinger, Symonds, sophomore Grace Vejvoda, and sophomore Brooke Gladsjo) and a First Year team (Hottinger, freshman Jerissa Fisch, Sage, and Davison).

A team of senior Cris Fowler, junior Paige Fowler, senior Conner Bangasser, junior Travis Mahon, and junior Itzel also went to State in Agricultural Mechanics on April 17 and placed 19th out of 23 in Walla Walla, a rare occasion according to FFA adviser Matt Kline.

“I’m very happy with how the team did. This is our first State appearance in this category. It’s a big event with so many parts involved, and we have three juniors that will return next year and they’re excited,” Kline said.

Mahon was the highest placing individual, placing 27th out of 97.

The teams will attend State at Washington State University in Pullman May 15-17.