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Vannett leads way for RHS FFA

By Staff | Feb 28, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT Rugby High School senior Josh Pfeifer studies durum wheat during a Future Farmers of America competition on Feb. 22 at RHS.

Rugby High School’s Clay Vannett took gold in agronomy at a Future Farmers of America competition at RHS on Feb. 22.

The sophomore is used to earning the top prize as he’s won gold in meat judging and land judging too. Two years ago, Vannett was on the state-winning meat judging team that advanced to nationals. He’s also taken second in the state in land judging.

Vannett said practice twice a week is the key to his success. At the most recent competition he was challenged by a new focus on insects.

Vannett’s season goals: “Just keep getting gold and improving my insect and disorder scores and hopefully get gold at state.”

RHS junior Josh Pfeifer took silver in agronomy at the competition, which was attended by 68 individuals from 19 schools.

“I thought I did pretty well,” Pfeifer said. “I started off the season with a low silver and then I’ve had two different competitions and now I’m hoping to get some high silvers.”

Many participants took part in the small animal and livestock divisions the same day in Towner. RHS had the gold team in small animal with silver medalists Katelyn Kuntz, Nikki Atkinson and Morgan Oppen; and bronze medalists Jazlyn Brossart and Matty Koenig.

The group had to identify 50 species of cats, dogs, rabbits and parasites. An anatomy portion and a written test on animal health care followed.

“I think today went fairly well,” Atkinson said. “The anatomy was a little harder than usual, but I think, overall, we did pretty good.”

Rugby also had a second-place gold team in livestock judging with gold medalists Devin Volk, Abagail Volk; and silver medalists Jesse Mitzel, Kylie Scherr and Nate Bohl.

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