Delaware FFA members take home state awards

Students from across the state took home honors during the 100th Delaware State Fair in Harrington last week.

 

The list of the members’ accomplishments is available here.

 

Nearly 300 students, advisors, and judges representing business and industry throughout the state participated in state career and leadership development events during the Delaware State Fair. Members demonstrated professionalism, leadership and skill attainment in 23 events.

 

The Delaware FFA Association is a career and technical student organization that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about the Delaware FFA Association, please contact Bart Gill by phone at (302) 857-4019 or by email at bart.gill@doe.k12.de.us.

 

Media Contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006

 


Middletown FFA wins forestry career event

From left, Middletown’s winning FFA forestry team: Jenna Harmon, Kathryn McMenamin, Jenna McDermott, and Paige Akers. The team will represent Delaware at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis beginning on October 30.

Middletown High School FFA students won the 2019 “Forestry Career Development Event (CDE),” a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry tools and knowledge, and math-related abilities. Also participating were teams from Sussex Central High School, Milford High School, and Millsboro Middle School. Each team consisted of four students who answered both individual and team-based questions. Middletown will now represent Delaware at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis that begins on October 30, 2019.

Middletown FFA forestry team
Middletown FFA team uses a Biltmore stick to estimate tree height and board-foot volume at the recent forestry career development event. From left, team members Paige Akers, Jenna McDermott, Kathryn McMenamin, and Jenna Harmon.

The forestry event took place at Kent County’s Brecknock Park in Camden under the direction of Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Melvin. This year’s challenge measures student knowledge in six skill areas: tree identification, tree pests and diseases, timber stand improvement, compass and pacing, board-foot volume estimation, and an individual written examination.

According to FFA, Career Development Events help students “think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.” There are many CDEs, covering areas from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

The National FFA Organization, originally the Future Farmers of America, was founded in 1928 as a national organization for boys in rural, farming communities. Its original purpose, the education of youth in agricultural fields of study, is still recognized through its current programs. Today, its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Through educational programs, the FFA teaches students how to become active in their communities and successful in their occupation. FFA membership includes junior high, high school, and college students and totals approximately 450,000.

FFa forestry team from Sussex Central
Sussex Central’s FFA team completes the board-foot volume estimation section of Delaware’sForestry Career Development Event (CDE) at Brecknock Park in Camden recently. From left to right: Cody Lankford, Will Kenney, Dylan Kraft, and Joanna Rendon.

 

Milford FFA forestry team
Milford High School’s FFA forestry team: (from left) Sierra Johnson, Shaila Walker, advisor Aaron Rill, Adamari Amador, and Jasmine Carlisle.

 

Sussex Central FFA forestry team: (from left) advisor Jason Stoeckel, Joanna Rendon, Cody Lankford, Dylan Kraft, Will Kenney, and advisor Brett Hines.

 

Millsboro Middle School FFA
Millsboro Middle School FFA forestry team: (from left) Kamryn Camper, Emma Walker, Katey Megginson, Olivia Fox, and advisor Susan Quillen.


Delaware FFA members take home state awards

Students from across the state took home honors from the 89th Delaware State FFA Convention in Dover on Tuesday.

 

The list of the members’ accomplishments is here.

 

Nearly 600 students, advisors, and judges representing business and industry throughout the state participated in state career and leadership development events during the Delaware State FFA Convention. Members demonstrated professionalism, leadership and skill attainment in 15 events.

The following Delaware FFA members were elected to serve on the State Officer Leadership Team for 2019 – 2020:

 

Timothy Mulderrig (Middletown) – President

Gillian Cannon (Seaford) – Vice President

Abby Edwards (Lake Forest) – Secretary

Larry “Trey” Thompson (Smyrna) – Treasurer

Emily Samick (Middletown) – Reporter

Jackson Sylvester (Lake Forest) – Sentinel

 

The Delaware FFA Association is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about the Delaware FFA Association, please contact Bart Gill by phone at: (302) 857-4019 or by email at bart.gill@doe.k12.de.us.

 

Media Contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006

 


Woodbridge FFA takes first in forestry career development event

CAMDEN, Del.  — Woodbridge High School’s FFA took the top spot at the 2018 Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) held in Camden, Delaware this week.  Middletown took second place, followed by Smyrna and Sussex Central. Woodbridge now goes on to represent Delaware at the 91st Annual FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis from October 24 to 27, 2018. For the first time, the 2018 challenge included eight middle and high school teams competing in separate events at the same location. Smyrna Middle School’s FFA took first place among middle schools, beating out Alfred G. Waters Middle School (Appoquinimink), Everett Meredith Middle School (Appoquinimink), and Millsboro Middle School. More photos are available (see below) or on Flickr.

Woodbridge High School’s winning FFA forestry team: Advisor Scott Haldeman in back with (front row, from left) Carissa Tinsman, Cristina Limon-Gutierrez, Stephanie Vera, and Danny Morales-Rivera. Woodbridge placed first in the forestry career development event (CDE) held at Brecknock County Park in Camden on June 19. Eight Delaware middle and high school teams participated. Woodbridge will now go to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis in October.

The forestry event was held at Kent County’s Brecknock Park under the direction of Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Melvin, who oversaw the competition for her tenth time. The challenge is designed to measure student knowledge in six separate skill areas: identification of trees, forest pests, and diseases, equipment and mapping, timber stand improvement, compass and pacing, board-foot volume estimation, and an individual written examination.

Woodbridge FFA forestry team
Woodbridge FFA students use a Biltmore stick to estimate a tree’s height during the forestry career development event at Brecknock Park in Camden.  Pictured (from left) are: from left) Carissa Tinsman, Cristina Limon-Gutierrez, Stephanie Vera, and Danny Morales-Rivera. The team placed first and will be in Indianoplis for the National FFA Convention & Expo from October 24 to 27.

The National FFA Organization considers itself the “premier youth organization dedicated to preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.” According to FFA, members are driven by the organization’s foundational motto: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” The goal is to prepare students to “support and contribute to future sustainability in farming, science, medicine, and business alike.” The National FFA organization provides leadership and personal growth opportunities through agricultural education to more than 650,000 student members belonging to 8,500 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

 

Smyrna Middle School FFA forestry team
Smyrna Middle School’s FFA won their event at the 2018 Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) at Brecknock County Park in Camden. From left, Advisor Stefanie Freimuth, Isabella McMullen, Evan Denney, Marissa Dunn, and Sarah Dinsmore.

 

Middletown FFA
Middletown FFA team member (from left) Will Thornburg watches as Ryan Freeburg measures a tree during the 2018 Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) at Brecknock County Park in Camden this week.

 

Middletown FFA
Middletown FFA team placed second in the forestry career event, led by (from left) advisor Jeffrey Billings, Ryan Freeburg, Will Thornburg, Max Myers, and Alex Nichols.

 

Smyrna High School FFA forestry team
Smyrna High School’s FFA team placed third in the 2018 forestry competition. From left, Smyrna HS FFA Advisor Jay Davis, Rebecca Calderon, Skylar Campanicki, Kassey Euren, and Taylor Davis.

 

Sussex Central FFA
Sussex Central FFA participated in this week’s Forestry Career Development Event in Camden.  From left, Jason Stoeckel, Kody Lankford, Brandon Greenlee, Will Kenney, Corey Agresta, and Brett Hines.


Middletown FFA wins forestry career development event

Middletown’s FFA Chapter won the 2016 Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) – a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry knowledge, and math abilities – held this week at Brecknock Park in Camden. Middletown will represent Delaware in the forestry event at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo from Oct. 19 to 22, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN. The Milford FFA Chapter placed second and will compete at the Eastern States Exposition or “The Big E!,”  scheduled to take place in Springfield, MA on September 17. Other teams competing were from Newark Charter and Smyrna.

The annual forestry CDE took place under the direction of Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Peebles. This year’s challenge was designed to measure a diverse range of student skills, which included the ability to identify tree species, tree pests and disorders, and forestry equipment.  Students also demonstrated knowledge in reading topographic maps, timber stand improvement, compass and pacing, board-foot volume estimation, and an individual written examination.

 

The winning Middletown FFA Chapter forestry team: (from left) junior Noah Ancillai, junior Jade Nigro, sophomore Jessica Price, and junior Cade Bosco, along with Jeffrey Billings, FFA Advisor. Middletown will compete at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo from Oct. 19 to 22, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN.
The winning Middletown FFA Chapter forestry team: (from left) junior Noah Ancillai, junior Jade Nigro, sophomore Jessica Price, and junior Cade Bosco, along with Jeffrey Billings, FFA Advisor. Middletown will compete at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo from Oct. 19 to 22, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Milford’s team is: (from left) senior Jared Maule, senior Nick Wright, sophomore Cameron Maule, and Jaineil Johnson, and FFA advisor Scott Haldeman.
Milford’s team, which placed second in the FFA forestry event, is: (from left) senior Jared Maule, senior Nick Wright, sophomore Cameron Maule, sophomore Jaineil Johnson, and FFA advisor Scott Haldeman. Milford will compete in the Eastern States Competition or “Big E!” in Springfield, MA on September 17.

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.” Twenty-four CDEs and one activity cover job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

Milford's Cameron Maule reads a topographic map as part of the forestry challenge
Milford’s Cameron Maule reads a topographic map as part of the FFA forestry event held at Brecknock Park in Camden.

Established in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, FFA is now officially known as the “National FFA Organization,” and describes itself as an intercurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership that forms one of three components of agricultural education. FFA is also one of the largest youth groups in the United States: it is comprised of 629,327 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As such, FFA is also the largest of the career and technical student organizations in U.S. schools.

Middletown FFA student Jessica Price completes the tree pest and disorder section of the annual forestry challenge at Brecknock Park in Camden. Middletown placed first among four teams and will go the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis in the fall.
Middletown FFA student Jessica Price completes the tree pest and disorder section of the annual forestry challenge at Brecknock Park in Camden. Middletown placed first among four teams and will compete at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis in the fall.