Well, they’ve studied and they’ve studied some more, and Comanche High School state champion Ag Business team members tell me that they are ready. Tuesday morning will find these high achievers in the air as they take wing toward Indianapolis and the National Ag Business contest to be held there on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Coached by Vinnie Heller and Blake O’Quinn,* team members Taylor Stephens, Tyler Payne, B.J. Reichman, and Colten Jones won the state contest last year, and they have been studying for this last test ever since. The honor is actually even larger than it sounds (as if that could be possible) because these students were competing against all classifications of schools, and to top off a very sweet victory, Taylor Stephens scored higher than any other student in the state…also in all classifications!
According to Colten Jones, the national contest will be very difficult because, unlike the state contest, there will be questions about agriculture all over the country, not just Texas. And, as hard as it is for us to believe here in Texas, not everyone does things just like Texas does!
The test these students will take consists of two parts. The first is an individual problem solving exam, which they will take on Wednesday. This portion includes questions about agricultural economics, marketing, data management, and accounting, all related to agriculture. It determines 3/4 of their overall score.
The second part of the test is a team activity that will take place on Thursday and counts as 1/4 of their overall score. On this portion of the test, the four students work together to develop, analyze, and respond to farm business questions.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at noon on Friday, and here at United we send nothing but good wishes with these kiddos and teachers as they take off on a huge adventure and a shot at a national title!
*Blake O’Quinn left Comanche to accept a position in Glen Rose. Mr. Jeremiah Greene is the new Ag teacher.