career development events

Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. These events are designed to help a member prepare for a career in agriculture by testing and challenging the student's technical, leadership, interpersonal, and teamwork skills as well as their knowledge of the subject matter. CDEs answer the question, "When will I use this knowledge in the real world?"

Many CDEs are qualifying events for the National FFA CDE competition and/or offer scholarship opportunities.

This year Nixon Smiley FFA has 4 teams - Horse judging, Livestock judging, Floriculture & Nursery Landscape judging. Over the past few months, these kiddos have been studying and competing diligently. Here are the results so far. 

When teams compete at invitational contests, they are competing with schools all over the state! 

Texas State Invitational - Livestock team placed 7th in Area and 3rd in District 
Taylor-Katy Invitational - Nursery Landscape placed 3rd in District
Floriculture placed 3rd in District 
Horse Judging placed 8th in Area and 1st in District 
These are the rankings for the invitationals only, they will be competing on April 2nd in College Station in hopes of advancing to State. 

Please wish these kiddos Good Luck and give them praise for what they have done so far. 

Livestock Judging - Betzabel Martinez, Madisyne Rice, Sarah Pregeant & Kyleigh Mckissak 
Horse Judging - Kailey Parks,  Aubrey Squires, Inez Robinson & Jay Mendez 
Nursery Landscape - Mattie Johnson, Cash Davis, Nayeli Vasquez & Zuelma Rodriguez 
Floriculture - Alliana Ponce, Arian Hanson, Katelyn Fernandez & Cecilia Villasana