Byron Nelson veterinary science team crowned reserve national champions
Byron Nelson veterinary science team crowned reserve national champions
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From left: Mark Goggins, Madison Staab, Jennifer Powell, Lauren Hartmann, Kylie Scott and National FFA corporate sponsor

Byron Nelson High School’s veterinary science team, part of the FFA program, has been crowned reserve national champions after finishing second at the 89th annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The Byron Nelson team – composed of Lauren Hartmann, Jennifer Powell, Kylie Scott and Madison Staab – made history by becoming the first team in Northwest ISD history to reach the national level. More than 600 teams in Texas compete in the veterinary science discipline, and thousands of teams compete in the discipline across the nation. Byron Nelson’s placement marks one of the highest finishes ever for a Texas veterinary science team at the national level.

In the veterinary science competition, participants complete knowledge tests, compete in team activities and handle animals to demonstrate their knowledge of the discipline. The competition promotes college and career readiness in veterinary fields by developing technical knowledge and using practical skills.

Individually, Kylie was the team’s highest-ranking finisher, placing third in the competition, followed by Madison in fourth and Lauren in 12th. The team and all its members each received the Gold Emblem for their collective and individual performances.

Byron Nelson’s reserve national championship comes after accomplishing another recent first for the school district, as its veterinary science team earned Northwest ISD’s first state championship in the discipline at the 2015-16 state FFA career development events meet in April.

The Byron Nelson veterinary science team is led by Mark Goggins, agricultural science teacher and FFA adviser.

For more information about the Byron Nelson veterinary science team, click here to visit the school's FFA website. The school's FFA programs can be found on Twitter as @BNFFA.