Three Comal ISD FFA Teams Win State Titles, Advance To Nationals

May 3, 2024 - Three Comal ISD FFA teams from Canyon, Canyon Lake and Smithson Valley high schools won state career development events (CDE) April 20-26 and are advancing to the national competition in the fall.

The wool team from Canyon High School; the ag sales team from Canyon Lake High School and the milk quality and products team from Smithson Valley High School won the state titles and will compete at the national contest in late October during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The wool contest consists of four team members. Each student evaluates fleeces for fineness, length and yield; ranks fleeces within a group and gives reasons for their placing of those classes. 

Canyon High School State Wool Team Champion - Coach Lance Jonas

  • Lauren Albracht, 9th place individual
  • Marshall Ehlers, 7th place individual
  • Callie Henderson, 2nd individual
  • Cassidy Henderson

The ag sales four-member team must demonstrate the professional sales process including customer relations, advertising and promotion, communications skills and product display.  Members also complete an exam, present a project summary and make a sales presentation for an agricultural product. They complete one of four practical problems and cooperatively solve a market analysis problem.

Canyon Lake High School State Ag Sales Champion - Coach Emily Gwinn

  • Grant Cover, 3rd place individual
  • Dean Platt
  • Carson Reinarz, 5th place individual
  • Dylan Wunderlich

The milk quality and products team members must develop an understanding of quality production, processing, distribution, promotion, marketing and consumption of dairy products. Team members complete a written exam, evaluate milk samples, identify cheeses and distinguish real and artificial dairy foods.

Smithson Valley High School State Milk Quality and Products Champion - Coach Emily Reiley

  • Hannah Daniel
  • Claire Schaeferkoeter
  • Kennedy Surratt, 3rd place individual
  • Alora Snowden, 8th place individual

Students who compete in CDEs build on what is learned in agricultural classes and challenge themselves to put their knowledge into practice. These events are designed to help students prepare for a career in agriculture by testing and challenging their technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their knowledge of the subject matter.

In fact, each of the state-winning teams includes graduating seniors who plan to attend college in the fall and pursue degrees centered on agriculture. From animal science, agriculture communication, agriculture business and other ag-related areas, these students have gained a strong foundation through Comal ISD’s agriculture, food and natural resource career cluster and related programs.

Below is a list of six additional teams that qualified for state with five finishing in the top 10 at the state competition.

Canyon High School Food Science Team - 7th Place State - Coach Keith Wiley

  • Bradlee Bechtol
  • Lauren Deleon
  • Hudson Hege
  • Peyton Wirebaugh

Canyon High School Ag Communications Team - 8th Place State - Coach Kaylee Musgrove

  • Paige Bedgood
  • Reagan Hudnall
  • Erica Mizanin, 6th place individual
  • Addison Wiley

Canyon High School Livestock Team - 8th Place State - Coach Kaylee Musgrove

  • Kylar Hutchison
  • Erica Mizanin
  • Addison Wiley
  • Brooklyn Wiley

Canyon Lake High School Dairy Cattle Team - 5th Place State - Coach Morgan Webel

  • Reyse Brown
  • Krissie Feller
  • Eli Hammons
  • Dylan Wunderlich

Canyon Lake High School - Applied Ag Engineering - Coach Garrett Schatte 

  • Weston Ackermann  
  • David Anderson  
  • Brenton Douglas  
  • Jayden VanAusdall

Canyon Lake High School Forages Team - 9th Place State- Coach Alyssa Hoskins

  • Weston Ackermann
  • Gabby Fory
  • Emma Slater
  • Rylee Wunderlich

Davenport High School Livestock Judging Team - Coach Cody Poerner

  • Peyton Badtke
  • Kellen Kirkpatrick
  • Kate Nash
  • Ella Pinkham

Smithson Valley High School - Farm Business Management - Coach Eric Koennecke 

  • William Martin  
  • Camden Posey  
  • Alora Snow  
  • Maryn Tschoepe  

Smithson Valley High School - Floriculture - Coach Erin Brehm  

  • Kaylee Carmichael  
  • Marley Goode 
  • Isabella White 
  • Avery Woode 

Smithson Valley High School - Coach Emily Reiley  

  • Bryn Biesenbach  
  • Reagan Dreibrodt  
  • Brooklyn Howell  
  • Shelby Leonard 




Photo information

-Canyon High School FFA students won the state wool team title on April 26, advancing to national competition.

-Canyon Lake High School FFA students won the state ag sales team title on April 20, advancing to national competition.

-Smithson Valley High School FFA students won the state milk quality and products team title on April 25, advancing to national competition.


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