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Clear Spring FFA'ers going to national competition

September 20, 2005

Several teens who are members of the Clear Spring FFA chapter will be competing Oct. 26-29 at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

They include:

- Kyle Hendershot, Brenna House, Allison Keeney, Allison Moore, Amy Ridenour and Morgan Smith, coached by teacher Terrie Shank, will be participating in the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event.

FFA members present a current issue facing agriculture to local community groups prior to competing in the national event. Both sides of the issue are addressed, allowing the audience members to form their own opinions.

- Derek Hanes, Hannah Smith, Steven Divelbiss and Lindsay Shirk, coached by Shank, will be competing in the National FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event.

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Participants are given questions covering economic principles in farm business management as well as a problem-solving analysis section.

- Hannah Smith will be competing in the National FFA Agriscience Fair program. More than 275 students from across the nation will compete in 20 divisions.

Hannah's project, Immunoglobin Concentration in Colostrum, will be on display at the convention in the National FFA Agriscience Fair area of the FFA National Agricultural Career Show.

Categories for competition are biochemistry/microbiology/food science; botany, engineering; environmental science; and zoology. Four divisions divide students by grades 7-12. Each national winning participant receives either cash or a scholarship.

- Katrina Hendershot, Larry Hose, Donald Shirley and Joel Fitz, coached by teacher Susan Lowery, will compete in the National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event.

Participants compete in individual and team activities. They complete interviews covering global and national issues, write press releases and solve complex problems. Student participants also complete soil tests and evaluate soil profiles, as well as conduct air and water analysis. Also, they use global positioning systems to locate strategic points.

- Becky Funk, Paul Golden, Derrick Mundey and Adam Reid, coached by Lowery, will be competing in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event.

The national forestry event gauges FFA members' knowledge of forestry and wood products management issues. There will be questions on such topics as tree and equipment identification, a general knowledge exam and interactive forestry applications.

- Jamie Beckley, Erin Lewis, Stephanie Moore and Shannon Yeargan, coached by Shank, will be competing in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event.

Participants take an objective test, design and formulate or reformulate a simulated food product, practice quality assurance-Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point principles, conduct nutritional analysis and apply food safety as well as sanitation principles.

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