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State test no hurdle for MUHS Ag students
Grant Ledbetter scores second highest in Arizona

Bethany Masters is the new plant science teacher for the agriculture CTE department at Mingus Union High School. She comes from the University of Arizona where she earned a master’s in agriculture education. VVN/Philip Wright

Bethany Masters is the new plant science teacher for the agriculture CTE department at Mingus Union High School. She comes from the University of Arizona where she earned a master’s in agriculture education. VVN/Philip Wright

COTTONWOOD - High achievement has become the expected standard for Mingus Union High School agriculture students.

This time, 35 of 36 juniors and seniors in Heather Mulcaire's animal science classes passed the State Animal Science Assessment test.

Senior Grant Ledbetter, as a junior, earned the second highest individual score in the state.

"We were the only program that VACTE (Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education) sponsors that had one of the top two in the state," Mulcaire said.

The animal science mix in Mulcaire's classes are juniors all studying livestock, and seniors all in equine science.

"All CTE classes take the assessment test," Mulcaire said. The animal science assessment test is designed specifically for agriculture students.

"It's like our AIMS," she said. Although the CTE students also must pass AIMS to graduate in Arizona.

"This test validates what we're doing," she said.

Mulcaire said that Ledbetter is being recruited by some of the top universities in the country.

Ledbetter has been in ag classes for all four years at MUHS. "This year he's on the National Poultry Team," she said. That team will compete in October.

Ledbetter is Student Council vice president, and he is active with his church's youth group. Mulcaire said that Ledbetter also works after school at the Blazin' M Ranch.

New to the MUHS Ag Department this year is plant science teacher Bethany Masters.

Mulcaire said that Masters graduated from the University of Arizona with a master's in agriculture education. She will teach three freshmen classes and two sophomore classes in plant science.

"She also does FFA and individual projects," Mulcaire said.

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