Stanwood High School’s FFA chapter hosted its annual jamboree Wednesday, Nov. 7, attracting about 150 students from throughout Northwest Washington.

Students, mostly underclassmen, rotated through several rooms to participate in mini-competitions designed to expose them to varied areas of interest.

“This helps kids get a feel of the different career areas,” said Darryl Main, Stanwood FFA advisor and agriculture mechanic teacher. “They get to see a lot of different things.”

Some areas of focus included dairy, horticulture, potato judging, agriculture mechanics, meat judging, veterinary sciences and poultry.

“It’s designed so students can walk in with no knowledge and be able to compete,” Main said.

Students from Sedro-Woolley, Snohomish, Cedarcrest, Glacier Falls, Coupeville, Mount Baker and Arlington were among the participants.

State tractor driving competition

Stanwood High is sending two FFA teams to the state tractor driving competition Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Columbia Basin Technical Skill Center in Moses Lake. 

Participants complete an exam that tests their knowledge of tractor safety and operation, navigate their vehicle and trailer through an obstacle course, and participate in a team activity that challenges their problem-solving skills.

The Spartans team members include  Chris Whisman, Shawn Moyer and Jordan Koster on Team 1 and Thomas Peronteau, Emery Lindauer and Leona Hansen on Team 2.

During the past week, the Spartans have been practicing at the Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds using a tractor loaned to the team from Washington Tractor in Mount Vernon.

Contact reporter Evan Caldwell at and follow him on Twitter @Evan_SCN for updates throughout the week and on Instagram @evancaldwell.scn for more photos.

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