PolyTech High School in Woodside placed first among six Delaware high school FFA chapters that squared off at Brecknock County Park in Camden this week in the annual “Forestry Career Development Event (CDE),” a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry tools and knowledge, and math-related abilities. Each team consisted of four students who answered both individual and team-based questions. Led by their instructor Susan Wujtewicz, PolyTech also fielded the event’s individual overall winner, Jacob Dickey. The event was held in cooperation with the Delaware Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
Schools represented this year were Middletown, Milford, PolyTech, Smyrna, Sussex Central, and Sussex Tech. Delaware Forest Service Trainer-Educator Ashley Peebles developed the curriculum and organized the event, which tested student knowledge in six separate skill areas: tree identification, equipment identification and troubleshooting, timber stand improvement, compass and pacing, board-foot volume estimation, and an individual written examination.
PolyTech High School will now go on to represent the First State against teams from all over the U.S. as part of the four-day National FFA Convention scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 30 in Louisville, Kentucky.
According to the FFA , Career Development Events help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.”
There are 24 CDEs, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.
Here are photo highlights and captions from the individual schools that competed in the event.