Six teams from Brownwood High School’s FFA advanced from earlier district competition and will compete at the area level in Mineral Wells Monday, Nov. 19.

It’s the highest number of teams — consisting of a total of 19 students — in the six years husband-and-wife ag teachers Cade and Chelsea Wilson have been at Brownwood High School.

The teams who compete in area competition will hope to move on to state competition.

• The Ag Issues Forum team of consists of Emily Chapa (senior), Tanner Roberts (sophomore), Trinitee Skelton (junior), Austin Haynes (senior), Rylah Morgan (freshman),  Hunter Day (sophomore) and Aubrey Kirk (junior). Chapa, Roberts, Haynes and Day are also members of the Senior Quiz team.

The Ag Issues Forum team is tasked with researching and analyzing a current agricultural issue, creating a portfolio and developing and delivering a presentation that stresses both pros and cons of  selected agricultural issue. 

• The Radio Broadcast team consists of Taylor McBride (senior), Ben Fitzgerald (sophomore)and Aubrey Kirk (junior). 

The team is tasked with presenting an informative radio broadcast that covers one or more agricultural subjects that is current in nature and local in content.

• The Public Relations team consists of Lindsey Larose (sophomore), Watts Jones (freshman), Shea Hughes (junior). The team is tasked with informing a target audience regarding the Texas FFA and what it represents. 

• The Ag Advocacy teams consists of Dawson Evans (senior), Landry Walker (junior), CarolAnn Hetzel (sophomore), Darby Chrysler (junior) and Jay Monson (junior).

The team is tasked with informing the general public and consumers about the importance and value of the agriculture industry and how agriculture impacts human lives. 

• Stacey Martinez is advancing in Spanish Creed competition. 

The FFA Creed states the beliefs of the FFA and first appeared in 1929, and the need for a Spanish version became apparent when Puerto Rico became a state association in 1932. In the competition, the creed delivery and five-minute question-and-answer period is conducted entirely in Spanish.

According to information presented by Emily Chapa, president of the Brownwood High School chapter:

A very large group of committed and driven teens in the Brownwood FFA is making their mark in the Texas FFA Association.

After the Brownwood FFA Greenhand Camp in August, a large number of teens joined the organization, which now includes more than 250 members. About 35 showed up for speaking tryouts.

“I’ve never seen such a big group of FFA kids have such a strong desire to win,” junior Aubrey Kirk said. She expects the chapter to go far this year.

In addition to district competition, teams practiced at invitational competition earlier this month at Tarleton State University and Weatherford College.

“I couldn’t have been prouder of the kids today. They have been working hard and this reflects it,” ag teacher Chelsea Wilson said after the Tarleton invitational.

The two invitational events were in preparation of the district competition in Hamilton. The district was a nail biter as the teams were vying for an area spot against 12 other teams.

Energy was high at the district competition as seven Brownwood teams put their heart and soul into their events. Six out of the seven teams advanced and secured a spot in the Nov. 19 area competition in Mineral Wells.

“Out of all my years here at Brownwood High School, I’ve never seen so many Brownwood FFA teams advance to area,” ag teacher Cade Wilson said.

“We came with seven teams with 22 students and are taking six of those teams with 19 students to area. The area competition will surely be one of greatest to date for the chapter.”

These 19 teens are pushing their limits to achieve a spot at the state FFA competitions. Not one moment is wasted as they know the ultimate achievement is a first place at state.  

“We are all one big family that encourages excellence,” junior FFA member Landry Walker said.