Another Redmond High FFA team recently won a state championship.
The team made up of seniors Jed Montagner and Maddie Lamken, juniors Athena Luna and Alyssa Holiday and freshman Camille Goodman took the state veterinary science competition, which Redmond High played host to Nov. 17, just three months after Redmond won in livestock judging. The victory earns Redmond a place in the 2019 national competition at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.
Redmond finished third at state in 2017 in veterinary science. According to a news release, the competition requires eight components, including math skills
and unit conversions; identification of breeds, parasites, and tools; proper animal handling and restraining techniques; correctly performing mock procedures; writing a document about an assigned topic; performing a team activity and taking part in a knowledge test.
“The Veterinary Science contest in FFA is an amazing contest and really the reason why I joined FFA my freshman year of high school,” Lamken said in a statement. “I have always dreamed of being a veterinarian, and a contest that helps me get a glimpse into the world of veterinary medicine sounded amazing. So, these past few years I have worked hard to learn all the materials and be the best I can at this contest. It has truly been a dream come true to win the state veterinary science contest, and now I look forward to the road to nationals.”
This was Redmond’s first state title in vet science, which has been a competition in Oregon for five years, FFA advisor Alyssa Davies said.
Lamken and Luna tied for first place individually, while Montagner, the only student to be part of both the livestock judging and veterinary science state championship teams, was ninth individually. Redmond’s B team also competed, finishing fifth.
The team says the largest benefit of the contest is that it provides real-world experience for members, which is ideal to have on a resume. Montagner said veterinary science is, arguably, the most challenging contest offered by FFA.
The livestock judging team, which won its first state title since 1998, went on to finish 11th at nationals in October in Indianapolis.