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Hard work pays off.

Benjamin Russell’s Future Farmers of America teams recently competed and placed in the top four in the state competitions. The agricultural mechanics team placed first in its contest and is now advancing to nationals in Indianapolis in October.

The school’s agricultural construction team placed second and agricultural nursery and landscape won fourth in the contest.

Twenty students also placed in the top four in individual contests and nine of them came in first.

This is the first time Benjamin Russell’s FFA won a team competition in the state, according to agriscience teacher and FFA advisor Josh Williams. 

Having any team win states is a big deal and to move on to nationals is an honor. 

Having extracurricular activities and taking classes in high school can be hard and to do well in both is a challenge. 

Williams said these students worked hard even when school was out to prepare for states. At the contests, students had a test and hands-on portion.

“We had 2½ weeks from the time school let out to our contest and they were up there two or three days a week all day long in the shop practicing the hands-on stuff, just putting in a lot of time on their own to make sure that it happens so I’m really proud for them,” Williams said

Williams said the agricultural mechanics team is already looking forward to nationals.  

We applaud the FFA team for its victory and wish its members good luck.