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Clear Spring teams do well at national FFA competitions

November 08, 2005

In all, 26 members of the Clear Spring FFA Chapter recently attended the 78th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

The members participated in career development events and were recognized for their achievements in the FFA.

Here are the results:

· Hannah Smith participated in the Agricultural Science Fair and received recognition for her experiment comparing the nutrition value of colostrums from different breeds and ages of dairy cattle.

· In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking event, Sondra Lavigne received a bronze medal.

· The Agricultural Issues team presented a debate on the topic of Animal Experimentation and was recognized as a bronze emblem team and individual bronze medallists.

Team members included Brenna House, Kyle Hendershot, Amy Ridenour, Morgan Smith, Allison Moore and Allison Keeney.

· The Farm Business Management team received a silver team award. Derek Hanes received a bronze medal. Hannah Smith, Andrew Blickenstaff and Steven Divelbiss were awarded individual silver medals.

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· In the area of Food Science, Jamie Beckley was a bronze medallist; Stephanie Moore and Erin Lewis were silver medallists while Shannon Yeargan earned a gold medal award. The team received a silver emblem award.

· The Environmental Resource Management team won a silver team award. Individually, Katrina Hendershot and Donald Shirley were silver medallists. Joel Fitz and Paul Golden received gold medals.

· The Forestry Team received a silver emblem rating. Team member Derrick Mundey was a bronze medallist, Larry Hose and Adam Reid silver medallists and Rebecca Funk earned a gold medal. Rebecca was named the second high individual in the career event area of Forestry Analysis.

While in Louisville, Rebecca was selected to perform as part of the National FFA Talent program. She sang during award functions and on stage at various convention locations.

During the Convention, FFA member Ryan Shank received the American FFA Degree. This degree is the highest recognition of FFA members and is awarded to only 2 percent of the National FFA membership annually.

Maryland FFA State President Lindsay Shirk, a member of the Clear Spring FFA, served as a voting delegate during the convention and participated in committee work that will shape the future of the national organization.

In addition to participating in career development events, the FFA members attended convention sessions, student leadership workshops, agricultural science workshops, a rodeo, a music concert featuring SheDasiy and Craig Morgan.

They toured Louisville visiting the Hard Rock Caf, Louisville Slugger and traveled on the riverboat The Belle of Louisville for a dinner and dance. The students were chaperoned by their advisors Mrs. Susan Lowery and Mrs. Terrie Shank and parent volunteers Mrs. Cindy Moore, Mrs. Lanita Yeargan and Mrs. Robin Shirley.

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