A team from Pleasant Ridge High School recently won a state Future Farmers of America championship in meat evaluation.

A team from Pleasant Ridge High School recently won a state Future Farmers of America championship in meat evaluation.

And, another PRHS team finished second in livestock judging.

The teams competed in the events during an FFA state career development conference May 4-6 in Manhattan.

Teacher Gary Silvers, the FFA adviser at Pleasant Ridge, said the meat judging team qualified for a national competition scheduled for October in Louisville, Ky.

"We will find a way to get there," Gary Silvers said.

He said the livestock judging team also qualified for a national competition, but at this point students don't know at which national livestock event they will be able to compete.

Gary Silvers said the livestock team will be able to attend a December event in Arizona or a January competition in Colorado. He said the school is still awaiting confirmation from the state FFA organization.

The meat judging team included junior Leah Parsons, who had the highest individual score in the state. Her brother, senior Galen Parsons, also was on the team, and he finished in sixth place in the individual rankings for the event.

Remaining team members were junior Kristina Silvers, who finished seventh as an individual, and senior Jacob Allen, who came in 13th place.

Gary Silvers said students can receive individual awards, but they only qualify for national level events as a team.

He said there are six components to the meat evaluation program, including grading beef in the same way as the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Leah Parsons said the first-place finish was "awesome."

"It's something we've been working for for three years," she said.

Allen said it takes a lot of time and practice to prepare for the meat evaluation competition.

Leah Parsons also was on the livestock team, and she ranked in 12th place as an individual.

Senior Taylor Ohlde finished first in the individual rankings.

The other members of the team were junior Kenny Campbell and sophomore Cameron Kilgore.

"This was their second year to finish second in the state," Gary Silvers said of the school's livestock team.

He said Pleasant Ridge High School has an FFA chapter with about 40 students this school year.

Gary Silvers said seven teams from Pleasant Ridge competed in events at the state career development conference.

He said a dairy cattle judging team finished sixth in the state, and sophomore Cooper Kesterson finished second in individual rankings for dairy cattle judging.