LAKE OUACHITA – The Mount Ida FFA program hosted their inaugural Lake Ouachita Challenge CDE competition Tuesday, March 7, on Lake Ouachita.
The event was well attended with 198 competitors competing in 44 teams from 27 schools and 4-H Clubs. The event was a limited event in categories with only three contests held. Participants competed in Forestry, Land and Wildlife judging.
Bradley won the forestry division with 1,271 points, followed by Hermitage with 1,179 points and Mount Ida with 1,132 points.
Jacob Woodfield led the Lions with a 6th Place Finish in the individual competition with a 395 score. Elijah McDowell was 8th best with A 394 score. Gracia Huitt was 23rd best with a score of 343.
Ouachita High School won the land judging contest with a score of 1,488. Rose Bud was second with a score of 1,440 and Dierks scored 1,386 to finish in third place.
Caddo Hills finished in 9th Place in the land judging competition with a score of 1,014.
Jada Matthews led the Indians with a score of 328, good enough for 38th place.
Greene County Tech won the wildlife competition with a score of 1,554. Rose Bud was second with a score of 1,470, followed by Greenbrier with a score of 1,348.
Mount Ida finished in 10th Place with a score of 1,094. Land Nolen led the Lions with a score of 386 to finish in 31st place.
The event was truly a community effort with local, state and federal agencies coming together to assure the success of the event.
The Arkansas Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Agriculture Forestry Division, Montgomery County Surveyor Evan Black and the National Forest Service all pitched in to set up the competitions. Mount Ida FFA members and sponsor Jonathan Rowland worked to provide anything that might be needed during the competition.
Tim Efird cooked the pork butts for lunch and Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce served the meal.
Centerpoint FFA ran the scantrons to score the contest for Mount Ida.
Several local businesses and individuals did their part to help make sure the event was enjoyed by all.
1st Place – Bradley (1271)
2nd Place – Hermitage (1179)
3rd Place – Mount Ida (1132)
4th Place – Cossatot River (1120)
5th Place – Hampton (1061)
6th Place – Magnolia (1007)
7th Place – Mena (972)
8th Place – Vilonia (968)
9th Place – Harmony Grove (942)
10th Place – Greenbrier (922)
Mount Ida – Jacob Woodfield (6th, 395), Elijah McDowell (8th, 394), Gracia Huitt (23rd, 343), Nathanael Huitt (28th, 334), Jorgia Herrin (31st, 321), Cayden Herrin (40th, 298), Ben Woodfield (45th, 288), Kaitlyn Bradford (48th, 280)
1st Place – Ouachita (1488)
2nd Place -`Rose Bud (1440)
3rd Place – Dierks (1386)
4th Place – Quitman (1246)
5th Place – Har-Ber (1202)
6th Place – Farmington (1186)
7th Place – Vilonia (1180)
8th Place – Bismarck (1053)
9th Place – Caddo Hills (1014)
10th Place – Murfreesboro (918)
Caddo Hills – Jada Matthews (38th, 328), Justen Carey (43rd, 298), Cole Beck (45th, 292)
1st Place – Greene County Tech (1554)
2nd Place – Rose Bud (1470)
3rd Place – Greenbrier (1348)
4th Place – Cossatot River (1340)
5th Place – Vilonia (1328)
6th Place – Mena (1254)
7th Place – Camden-Fairview (1212)
8th Place – Harmony Grove (1136)
9th Place – Bismarck (1128)
10th Place – Mount Ida (1094)
Mount Ida – Lane Nolen (31st, 386), Andy Black (35th, 378), Ramsey Gilbert (45th, 330), Beau Weston (47th, 316)