Three Aurora High School students recently brought home district and state honors in the Grasslands Management Contest. The 4-H Grasslands team placed third at districts, qualifying them for state competition. Team member Clayton Cordova was ninth high individual at the district competition.

Cordova and teammates Kaylin Francisco and Hannah Sisco went on two weeks later to compete at the State Grasslands Contest in Columbia. The team finished as the Reserve State Champions in the 4-H Division, and Cordova earned fourth high individual honors, while Sisco was seventh high individual.

The Aurora 4-H team qualified to compete in two national contests held in 2018. They will be headed to the National Rangeland Contest, held the first week of May in Oklahoma City, and the Mid America Grassland Evaluation contest held in June near Springfield. Teams from as many as 15 states will be here to participate in the National Grasslands competition held here in Missouri.

The Grasslands Management Contest consists of participants scoring grasslands condition for beef cattle and wildlife, assessing soil types and the habitat grown on it and a plant identification section.