2009-04-23 / Community News

Wildlife Alliance For Youth

Region III Wildlife Contest Held

Patrick Davis, a student at Klein Oak High School and a member of the Klein Oak FFA chapter was high point individual in the FFA division at the Region III Wildlife Contest held April 14, at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus located at College Station. Davis earned a total score of 117 out of a possible mean score of 135-150 points.

Cody Garrett of the Harris County 4-H chapter was high point individual with a top score of 108 in the 4-H division.

The top scoring FFA chapter in the event was the Flatonia team from Flatonia. The team earned a collective score of 327 points. The Harris County 4-H chapter earned a collective team score of 288 points in its division.

In respective order, the second place high scoring individual in the FFA division was Chase Anders who is a member of the Weimar FFA chapter from Weimar High School. Third place high scoring individual was Toby Tyler, a member of the Angleton FFA chapter from Angleton High School.

Second and third place high scoring teams in the FFA division was the Tomball FFA chapter from Tomball with a collective score of 319 points and the Weimar FFA chapter from Weimar who earned a combined score of 318 points.

In the 4-H division, Kelsey Morris, a member of the Harris County 4-H team, earned second place honors. Third place honors were claimed by Patrick Thompson who is a member of the Brazoria County 4-H team.

Second place high point scoring team honors went to the Brazoria County 4-H team from Angleton.

Sixty-Seven youth representing 19 FFA teams and seven youth representing two 4-H teams participated in the regional event.

The top five teams from each of the 10 FFA areas in Texas as well as the top two 4-H teams from each of the five state regions will be eligible to participate in the state contest which will be held on the 7,800-acre Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge located near Sinton, Texas. The state contest will be held on May 12.

The Wildlife Alliance for Youth (WAY) consists of a consortium of local, state, federal, and private organizations working together to provide support and technical assistance to agricultural science teachers and 4-H leaders who train youth in various aspects of wildlife conservation and habitat management.

Competitive events in the program focus on plant identification, wildlife plant food preferences, wildlife biological facts, wildlife habitat evaluation, habitat management, fish and game laws, safety, the outdoors, wildlife identification techniques and navigation in the field.

Approximately 900 teams with nearly 3,000 FFA and 4-H youth in Texas participated in the program last year.

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