BUFFALO, W.Va. -- Students from Buffalo High School, who are in their first year participating with the Future Farmers of America, placed fourth out of 84 teams at the FFA national convention.
Buffalo students formed an FFA group at the beginning of this school year in conjunction with the debut of an agricultural science course.
"The kids have just worked really hard on their own time," said Danielle Grant, the agricultural science teacher and FFA adviser. "They've come for extra practice after school and on weekends."
About 40 students at Buffalo joined the school's FFA chapter, and four qualified at the state competition to move on to nationals in Indianapolis.
The students took written and hands-on tests focused on veterinary science, according to Grant.
"For these four students from the little town of Buffalo to place fourth out of half a million kids is pretty incredible," Grant said.
Participants at the national competition from Buffalo were Maggie Parsons, 17, of Red House; Dakota Reedy, 17, of Buffalo; Kelsey Gatens, 18, of Buffalo; and Megan King, 14, of Red House.