The Marble Falls High School FFA Nursery Landscape team brought home a State Championship last Friday from the State competition held at Sam Houston State University. The team last year barely missed the number one position, but celebrated Elizabeth Lane’s individual first place finish. This year, Marshall finished first, Lane finished fourth, and Atkinson finished 10th. Those combined scores in the top ten produced what the team had been working for all year—a first place team finish and a State Championship!
“I am really proud of the whole team,” said FFA sponsor, Grant Cole. “They worked really hard with me, FFA sponsor Dawn Stratton, and volunteer Mike Chesnut (last year’s FFA sponsor) to achieve their goals.”
The MFHS team competed against 50 of the best teams of all sizes from around Texas. The top five teams from each area in the State were represented. To achieve the honor of competing at State, the MFHS team competed in the most competitive shows, like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Sam Houston Invitational, the James Madison Invitational, and the Area 7 competition.
“We’d like to thank Backbone Nursery for providing plants for the students to use and study while preparing for the competition,” said Grant. “Jessica Robertson, Molly Pikarsky, and Mary Kay Pope were really helpful in putting together the different plants for our students to use, hands-on, so they were prepared to identify different plant species for the competition. That really made a difference!”
Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow, Mustangs Forever!
Contact: Bruce Peckover
Director of Communications