South FFA team shines

Photo courtesy of Erin Gilley. From left to right: Naomi Plunkett, Jenna Bushong, Brady Largent and Clair Simpson.

Mounties are heading south!

The Southmont FFA Skilllathon team, coached by Advisor Erin Gilley, qualified to go to the national contest this weekend in North Carolina.
Members of the team are: Senior Brady Largent, sophomore Jenna Bushong and freshmen Clair Simpson and Naomi Plunkett.
For this contest, members identify meat cuts from different species and identify breeds of different species. They also have knowledge of other animal byproducts such as wool, feed ratios, supplements, etc. 
At the area contest held on Sept. 15, South finished first. Individually, Bushong placed third, Simpson fifth, Largent 12th and Plunkett 23rd. Then at the state contest on Oct. 2, Simpson finished second, Largent sixth and the overall team ended up third.  
Rachel Rhodes also competed in the senior level. She placed 25th at area. 
The Junior team consisted of: Sophia Shannon, Claire Kessler and Avery Stadler. The ovrall team finished first in area and eighth at state. Individually, Shannon finished first at area and third at state. Kessler placed second at area and Stadler placed fifth at area. 
The team is now working hard to find sponsors to help pay for their trip to North Carolina. If you would like to help sponsor them, please contact Erin Gilley at