GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Fruita FFA Veterinary Science Team returned from a National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. Four girls from Fruita Monument High School represented Colorado in the competition. They faced 42 other teams from across the country.
The team took 17th place, earning them silver status. However, individually, the girls also ranked high against the 169 competitors.
Brody Klinglesmith and Katie Vidmar both placed gold. Melissa Murphy landed silver and Lucy Colson got bronze.
The girls said not every person placed, so it's a big achievement to have four honors.
Katie Vidman, a member of the FFA Fruita Veter Science Team said, "Once they said now going on to the gold category, my heart just fluttered so fast. I probably couldn't even barely breath at this point. I was super excited to place gold and I'm really proud of the way our team turned out as well.
The girls were awarded a team plaque, which will have their chapter engraved on it. The girls also received individual pins for placing.
They are the first FFA Fruita Vet Science Team to receive these awards in Colorado.
The girls hope to recruit younger girls on the team so they can prepare them for another championship competition in the future.