A group of Redmond FFA students recently finished 11th at national competition.

Redmond High’s livestock judging team of junior Abby Walker, sophomore Jessica Simpson, senior Jed Montagner and recent graduates Chance Greene and Travis Jalbert, who now attend Linn Benton Community College, competed against 49 other teams, each champions of their state FFA, at the Oct. 24-25 competition in Indianapolis. The Redmond group won state for the first time in 20 years in livestock judging at the August Oregon State Fair in Salem.

“Competing in the National FFA Livestock Evaluation CDE was probably one of the most impactful events I have ever been in,” Montagner said in a statement. “The fact that me and my team had the opportunity to represent the state of Oregon at a national level was an honor. Thanks to our community members and sponsors, we were able to travel to Indianapolis, and we were proud to represent Oregon.”

In individual competition,Simpson finished 10th nationally.

The students were joined by seniors Alli Golden and Maddie Lampken and juniors Carlee Wellman and Tenille Halderman midway through the event, according to the news release. The students also took part in a National Days of Service, where they planted trees in the community. They also got to see a Garth Brooks concert and visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Read more about the team and its members here.

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