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From left to right: Brooke Lang, Morgan Shock, Alex Rhodes and Jennifer Maguire
George Jenkins High School placed first in the Florida FFA (Future Farmers of America) Veterinary Assisting Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held Saturday, May 12th at Hillsborough Community College in Plant City. 45 teams from around the state gathered to compete for the top spot.
George Jenkins High School (GJHS) Instructors James Sweeney and Bridget Gilmore worked tirelessly with the team to get them prepared for the competitions. Of the win, GJHS Principal Buddy Thomas says, “Mr. Sweeney and Mrs. Gilmore worked diligently with our students after school for many weeks. This award was accomplished by the hard work and dedication of both instructors and the students. I am so proud of our students and the instructors.”
Mr. Sweeney applauds the girls’ efforts and commitment to excellence. “I am more proud of the girls because of their dedication, work ethic and desire to learn. I am fortunate to instruct such a wonderful group of young ladies.”
The purpose of the Veterinary Assisting Career Development Event is to provide students with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills for both companion animal and livestock within the veterinary industry.
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Below are the rankings for Polk County Public Schools students:
1. George Jenkins High School
25. Lakeland High School
31. Tenoroc Senior
35. Lake Gibson Senior
36. Haines City Senior
38. Mulberry High School
1. Jennifer Maguire/George Jenkins High School
2. Alex Rhodes/George Jenkins High School
3. Morgan Shock/George Jenkins High School
7. Brooke Lang/George Jenkins High School