Valley High School is the home of some new state champions!  Logan Esplin recently earned the top honors and was named State Champion at the Utah FFA State Range Contest held at Snow College. The Valley team also earned the top honors as the first place team. Other team members placing individually include: Stormy Cox 4th, Jessica Wood 6th and Riley Esplin 7th.

FFA range judging is a two part contest . The first is plant identification. For each specimen, the students have to record on a score form: the plant’s common name, growth form, longevity, origin, economic value for both wildlife and livestock or poisoning/toxic potential, and if applicable, the ecological zone of occurrence.  

The second part is rangeland site evaluation, and involves 15 questions about rangeland use.  Participants are allowed to use paper, a pencil, and a calculator.  For example:  Forest Service allotment is managed for 60% utilization by sheep for six months. The pasture is 1000 acres in size, with a total herbage production of 1800 pounds per acre. The area’s current stocking rate is 125 sheep for six months. Are the sheep appropriately stocked, overstocked, or under stocked?

The range team will now go on to compete at Nationals! Congratulations and good luck!

The cross-country team competed in the state cross- country held at Sugarhouse Park on October 17. Colby Spencer became a repeat State Champion as he crossed the finish line ahead of the others with a time of 16:34.2. The Valley boys’ team placed sixth overall. The girls’ team placed fifth overall, with Brianna Palmer placing in the top twenty at 16th. Congratulations runners!

FFA and FCCLA sponsored the annual Deer Hunters’ Ball at Valley High School on October 18. There was a good turnout for dinner, door prizes, and dancing. Thanks to everyone who came and for those who donated to support FFA and FCCLA!

The Region 20 volleyball tournament was on October 19 in Escalante. The Lady Buffs played tough in their first game with Escalante, but came up short in the end. They next faced the Bryce Valley Mustangs. Valley won the game in four sets: 25-18, 25-14, 18-25, and 26-24. The Lady Buffs took on Wayne in the consolation game, with the winner earning a play-in game for State.  The Lady Buffs worked hard, but couldn’t pull off the win.

We are proud of our team. We have had a fun season and have come a long way! Good job ladies!