Students from high schools across the Four States converge on the campus of an area college, but they hardly spent any time inside the classroom.
Instead of studying books inside a class room, over two thousand high school students from over 80 area high schools studied whole animals, parts of the, and even plants, all part of the 50th Annual Aggie Day.
Jorge Zapata, Crowder College Ag. Division Chair, says, “What they’re out there doing is everything from livestock judging to dairy foods to entomology, farm business management, so we’re hitting all the different facets of the career paths that they may possibly take in agriculture.”
Many of the high school Ag teachers that brought students went to school there. A good example is Steven Prewitt, who has been involved in Aggie Day at Crowder for 20 years.
Prewitt, who is the Mt. Vernon H.S. Ag Instructor, says, “Being here as a high school student and then helping out running these events as a college student here and now bringing my students back here to see how the campus has changed and how the competition has changed”
One of his students, Senior Colton Hicks says, not only are students competing against those from other schools, but among their own classmates who hope to compete at a higher level.
“Because it’s going to be a good representation of how we’re going to place at districts. A lot of schools come to Crowder. Crowder and Marshfield are definitely the two biggest and the best to test your skills against the teams you’re going to be competing against in your own district,” says Hicks.