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    Jacksboro FFA poses with their banners after sevens teams participated in the Area IV Leadership Contest in Mineral Wells Monday, Nov. 25. Four of the teams which participated placed first or second and will advance to the state meet in Huntsville. Contributed photo/Jacksboro FFA

Four Jacksboro FFA teams state-bound

Jacksboro FFA will be sending four teams to the state competition, after they finished in the top two at the Area IV Leadership Contest in Mineral Wells Monday, Nov. 25.

JHS Vocational Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor, Sean McGuire, said Jacksboro sent seven teams consisting of 25 students to area after they qualified in the Nov. 20 Red River District Leadership Development Contest.

“At the area level, we are competing against schools as large as Mineral Wells and Decatur, all the way down to schools like Jacksboro or even smaller like Perrin-sized schools and Graford’s,” McGuire said. “So, we are competing from 1A to 4 or 5A sized school districts.”

McGuire said the majority of the teams have been practicing on their programs since the middle of September.

“It’s a good problem to have, I guess, but our kids are so involved with everything, both inside of school and outside of school,” the FFA advisor said. “A big majority of them are involved in athletics, in some shape or form, whether it be football, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country or all the above. We have some that are involved in the FCCLA program at the high school. We have some that are involved heavily at their churches.”

He said this led to some of the practices being at 6:30 a.m., 8 p.m. or Sundays after church.

The state competition will be Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

He said there will be two heats of 12 on Friday and they have to place in the top-5 of their heat to make the finals on Saturday.

“We are very proud of them and how hard they work,” McGuire said. “We say it all the time, me, Kevin and Wendy ‘we are just bus drivers,’ it is the kids that do everything. They put in all the work and the effort.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 4, edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.

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