The Next Generation
Strong showing for Smyrna FFA at Delaware State Fair
HARRINGTON, Del. (Aug. 15, 2017) — It was record setting year for the Smyrna High School FFA Chapter at the Delaware State Fair as it and its members brought home a variety of awards and ribbons from the Delaware FFA Awards Breakfast on July 28.
For a record-setting fifth consecutive year, the chapter delivered a blue ribbon performance in the Delaware Agricultural Products Display competition with its “Special Delivery” mail theme.
The display constructed by Skylar Campanicki and Taylor Davis will be featured at the National FFA Convention’s Hall of States exhibition in Indianapolis.
During the State Fair, the display was also viewed by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue and Delaware’s congressional delegation. The special agricultural visit was arranged by Smyrna Alumni and current Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Michael Scuse.
The Smyrna FFA also exhibited a display in the educational category of Animal science entitled, “Animal Diseases: What’s In Your Barn?” and it received a 3rd place ribbon.
Under the direction of advisors Keith Shane, Jay Davis, Sarah Bell and Kellie Michaud, Smyrna FFA also received the National Chapter Award, which is given to the top three agricultural programs in the state and verifies that the chapter completed at least 15 different activities during the school year. The award recognition also provides the Smyrna FFA with the opportunity to be in the national spotlight as two chapter officers will be able to walk across the stage at the National FFA Convention and receive further accolades and be shown on the RFD-TV Network.
A variety of individuals and teams were recognized at the Delaware State Fairgrounds for their outstanding performances throughout the summer months leading up to the awards breakfast.
Six members of the Smyrna High School FFA were 1st place winners in the AgriScience Fair competition, which showcased scientific skills and analysis in the areas of agricultural research. These scientific members included: Jessica Bergold, Skylar Campanicki, Abby Conway, Taylor Davis, Heather Fletcher, and Marissa McClenton. Kathryn Emerson also placed second in AgriScience Fair competition. Jessica Bergold and Marissa McClenton were named overall winners of the AgriScience Fair and will represent Delaware in regional competition this Fall.
The Smyrna FFA Agricultural Issues team with their topic, “What’s The Buzz: Why Are Honey Bees Disappearing” placed 1st with team members including: Abby Conway, Ashley Daniels, Heather Fletcher, Addy Simmons, and Delaney Tome. Their forum now qualifies them to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.
Smyrna High School was also able to capture the State Agricultural Mechanics CDE Title with team members: Grant Dinsmore, Nick Lewis, Nathan Metts. The exercise tests their knowledge and skills in small engine troubleshooting, land surveying and welding. Their victory also ensures further competition later this year in Indianapolis.
Jenna Anderson, Kathryn Emerson, Trey Thompson and Raelyn Wiley won the Horse Evaluation CDE State Championship, after judging six classes of equine, completing a team test and delivering two sets of oral reasons.
Individual results included: Jenna Anderson placing first, Trey Thompson placing fifth, Kathryn Emerson placing eighth and Raelyn Wiley placing 14th. The Horse CDE was the last opportunity at the State Fair for these members to earn their way to the National FFA Convention in October.
Competing in the Dairy Showmanship event Kaylee Dulin placed 2nd and Jayden Dixon placed 4th guaranteeing both members a trip to compete regionally in September at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Mass.
The Farm Business Management Team of Erin Smallwood, Cassidy Cook, Erica Malloy and George Class-Peters placed first and qualified for the National FFA Convention.
Taylor Davis and George Class-Peters drove their way to sixth and ninth place, respectively, in the Safe Tractor Operation CDE, by operating machinery, tractors along with maneuvering two and four wheel wagons against other statewide competitors in a course designed to test speed, accuracy and safety around obstacles.
The Forestry team of Rebecca Calderon, Taylor Davis, Kasey Euren, and Josh Johnson placed 3rd in team competition held at Brecknock Park in Camden.
Earlier this spring, four members of the chapter placed 2nd as a team in the FFA portion of the Delaware Envirothon competition, earning the chance to compete at the Eastern States Exposition.
These environmental science students included: Jenna Anderson, Jimmy Latavitz, Karla Pagan and Justin Stafford.
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