Our students in the Future Farmers of America had a great trip to Syracuse recently for the State FFA Convention.
C-RHS Agriculture Teacher Deb Fletcher and Technology Teacher Nick Carson accompanied 29 students alumni Randi Bell and Steve Porath to the convention in early May.
The state convention provides an opportunity for FFA members to hear from industry professionals, learn more about agricultural fields and test their knowledge and skills against their peers from other school districts.
FFA members toured Salt City Farm, a cultural farm to help integrate new Americans, and Brady Farm, a grain and crop farm. They also attended workshops on public image, dairy goat products, drones, milk processing and new technologies in agriculture.
Some highlights from the competition:
- The Senior Vet Science team of Emily Frost, Ariana Giewat, Mallory Fiorillo, and Makayla Ryder, placed 3rd out of 44 teams with Emily Frost placing 10th individual out of 176.
- The Ag Marketing team of Anna King, Rosie Foote, and Alexandrea Smith placed 2nd in their competition and qualified to go to the regional competition in Springfield in September.
- Grace Dunham was 5th individual (out of 100) in the Agriculture Sales contest. Although the teams did not place in the top 3 (of 20) teams, we had two teams/8 individuals compete and Grace was very successful.
- Andrew McConnolee won a $250 Supervised Agriculture Experience grant to recognize the work he is doing in his out of school projects. He got the award to help expand fencing for his beef production project.
- Four members – Ahmad Tijani Taha-Latif, Katelynn Gaida, Olivia Holland and Taylor Schroeder – received the FFA jacket award ($60). They all received a new FFA jacket based on their application that showed current commitment and future leadership promise.
- Anna King received 2nd place in the Beef Production proficiency award. This award recognizes her project and accomplishments in raising and showing Angus beef cattle.
- Emily Frost, Katlynn Manchester (unable to attend convention) and Ian Letko received their Empire Degrees. The Empire Degree is awarded to only 3% of the top juniors and seniors and requires extensive work experience, community service and leadership to qualify.
- We also had two Agriculture mechanics teams (8 individuals), Food science team, Forestry team and Maple production team in attendance.