On Thursday, September 12, Ridgeview Junior High held it's annual Flippy Bottle Championships during mentoring. Congratulations to the winning relay team of James, Logan, Bryan, Anthony & Kailie.
Synchronized Team Winners: Noah & Jack
Junior High Teacher teams finished off the day of games with a friendly game of flippy bottle. The competition was off to a slow start, but what a finish! The winners were: Mrs. McDowell, Mrs. Schertz, Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Ruiz
Congratulations to this years homecoming court.
Girls: Kelly Jones, Kelsie Kaufman, River Rosales, Aleah Snell, Journey Steidinger
Boys: Dylan Jones, Tucker Maupin, Dj Schroeder, Garrett Stevens, Levi Zimmerman
5 members went on the pilgrimage to Austin, Minnesota – Levi Zimmerman, Katelin Donaldson, Mike Dowling, Morgan Donaldson, and Nathan Donaldson. Saturday morning we worked out at Nathan Ray’s in Osco, IL and Schminke Genetics in Van Horne, IA later that afternoon. At these workouts, students get to practice judging alongside other FFA, junior college, and senior college judgers. We judged a total of 8 classes – 5 placing and 3 keep/cull – to help our students prepare for the contest at the National Barrow Show.
On Monday, students competed against 76 other 4H and FFA chapters – mostly Iowa and Minnesota programs with a few from Illinois and Indiana. Ridgeview was 24th overall and both Katelin Donaldson and Morgan Donaldson were in the top 25% of the contest.
This is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the swine industry. At each of our workouts, the breeders talk each class and give their insight, as well as highlight some of the top genetic lines in the industry. It’s also a huge learning and growing opportunity – different regions of the United States focus on different traits on the live hog. It’s teaching our students how to adapt and refine their evaluation skills.
We truly appreciated the opportunity to give our students this experience. We hope to utilize these skills in the spring during livestock judging, but also to implement them as they begin to select their show projects for the summer.
Mentoring classes enjoyed the nice afternoon while participating in team building activities and hula hoop contest!
The REA Scholarship Committee would like to recognize Carley Zimmerman as the 2018-2019 scholarship winner. Carley is a sophomore at The University of Illinois studying Agriculture Education. Carley is a member of U of I's Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, which is a professional agricultural sorority that focuses on agriculture education. Carley is also the assistant manager at Prarieland Feeds in Savoy.
Carley shared that, "As a high school student, I was inspired by my agriculture teacher, Mrs. Bunting. Mrs. Bunting helped me to get out of my comfort zone and made me a more outgoing person. Seeing Mrs. Bunting interacting with other students and acting as a mentor to them has shown me how much of an impact you can have on a student."
We wish Carley the best of luck!