The Press Newspaper
The National FFA Organization recently awarded members of Oregon-Clay High
School’s Environmental and Agricultural Technologies Program eighth place in the nation in the area of Environmental and Natural Resources.
The team represented Ohio while competing in an Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE), held at the 86th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 55,000 FFA members and guests attended the convention, with the best teams from each state competing in a variety of career-related activities Oct. 21-24.
Clay team members included Colton Plumb, Kathryn Finger, Josh Menter, Jacob Pirolli and their Agricultural Technologies instructor, Charles Schneider.
The team placed eighth in this national competition, with Plumb earning 12th place individual and earning a gold rating. Finger also earned a gold rating; Menter and Pirolli each received silver ratings. The team also received a gold rating.Teams from 37 states participated in the two-day competition, which was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Each of the schools participating represented the first-place team from their state.
The Environmental and Natural Resources CDE tests students’ abilities in environmental analysis, water quality testing, press release writing, soil testing and identification of wildlife flora and fauna from throughout the United States. Members also worked as a team to address an environmental issue, including the identification of possible solutions to a given problem. Students also completed a written exam to display their environmental knowledge.
FFA is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture and natural resources, with 7,429 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives 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.
Visit www.ffa.org for more information.
The Environmental & Agricultural Technologies Program is one of 12 Career Technology Programs at Clay High School.
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