Over 1,300 high school students, from 90 schools, converged on Fort Scott Community College Aggie Day April 6, according to Ryan Edgecomb, an agriculture instructor at the school.
Former FSCC Agriculture Instructor Gary Harvey started the event in the mid-1970s, said Edgecomb.
“This is my 15th Aggie Day,” Edgecomb said. “The Ag Department hosts the event. Blake Davis is my teaching partner and livestock coach.”
Students competed in a variety of areas, including agronomy, entomology, farm management, floriculture, food science, livestock, meat evaluation, milk quality and products, nursery/landscape, poultry, speech, veterinary science, and reasonings.
Those from Bourbon County schools who ranked in the top ten in the contests:
In the Intermediate Live contest, Clay Brillhart, Uniontown, received 2nd place; Zach Snyder, Uniontown received a 10th place.
In the Junior Live contest, Tate Crystal, Uniontown, received the 3rd place.
In Senior Questions Live, Graham Hathaway, Uniontown, received the 2nd place; Kolby Shoemaker, Fort Scott, received a 10th place.
In Senior Reasons Live, Kolby Seested, Uniontown, received the 3rd place.
In the Veterinary Science contest, Maddie Ard, Uniontown, received 2nd place; Aubry O’Neal, Uniontown, received the 8th place.
In the Junior Speech contest, Hannah Beerbower, Uniontown, received the 4th place.
To see the full results: http://www.fortscott.edu/AggieDay/Results
The event is sponsored by Purina and Purina Mills Honor Show Chow, which also includes an ag teacher brunch.
“We are honored to have Purina and Honor Show Chow back as our sponsors for a third straight year, and we’re grateful for their support,” Edgecomb said.
Edgecomb said the event has multiple purposes.
“It’s a recruiting tool for FSCC, allowing students to see and showcase our school,” he said.
In addition, the event is “an educational contest to help schools prepare for district and state events,” Edgecomb said.
Over 100 support people are employed to help with Aggie Day: faculty, staff, students and former students, Edgecomb said.
Some highlights of the days activities in photos: