Clear Spring wins gold

Environmental/Natural Resources team fifth in nationals

Environmental/Natural Resources team fifth in nationals

November 07, 2006

An FFA team from Clear Spring High School has won a gold medal in the National FFA Environmental/Natural Resources competition in Indianapolis, Ind.

The team earned fifth place among 40 teams from across the nation.

Three of those on Clear Spring's team also brought home gold medals - and a $500 National FFA Scholarship for each of them - for their individual efforts.

Among all competitors, scholarship winners Adam Lipella won fifth place, Garrett Hamby won 17th place, and Adam Reid won 20th place. The team's fourth member, C.J. Ridenour, earned a silver medal.

Susan Lowery coached Clear Spring's Environmental/Natural Resources team.

The competition tests students' abilities in actual environmental analysis, soil testing and water testing as well as addressing global issues.

Team members address an environmental/natural resources scenario, including the identification of possible solutions to a problem. They also take a written exam.


The competition is sponsored by Smithfield Foods and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Clear Spring's FFA Farm Business Management team won a silver medal in the national competition.

Team members Brenna House, Katherine McCormick, Amy Ridenour and Morgan Smith also each won silver medals for their individual efforts.

The competition, sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, drew 43 teams from across the nation.

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

"Participants must understand the reasoning they have used and be able to defend their decisions to the judges," said Clear Spring ag teacher Terrie Shank. She and the Rev. Douglas Courter, of Clear Spring, coached the school's team.

In the Ag Issues competition, a Clear Spring team made a presentation on the question: "Should there be a hunting season for black bears in Maryland?"

Team members Stefany Frey, Bob Hockenbury, Allen Mackey, Elliott Reid and J.D. Repp received a bronze team award and bronze individual medals for their efforts.

The competition is the result of efforts by FFA chapters across the nation to investigate, analyze and communicate positions on issues to each one's local community.

In the competition, each FFA team makes a presentation on a topic to community groups in its school agriculture classroom. Participants receive instruction about particular issues, as well as how to investigate and analyze research.

At Clear Spring, FFA advisers Susan Lowery and Terrie Shank coached the team.

The national ag issues competition is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Co., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

In the national Food Science and Technology competition, the Clear Spring team earned a bronze medal.

Individually, team members Allison Moore and Lindsey Peacher won silver medals while Mary Drury and Casey McNamee won bronze medals.

In the competition, teams took an objective test, designed and formulated or reformulated a simulated food product, conducted nutritional analysis, and applied food safety as well as sanitation principles.

Terrie Shank coached the team.

A Clear Spring team won a bronze medal in the Nursery/Landscape competition.

Individually, members Stephanie Moore and Shannon Yeargan won silver medals while Jamie Beckley and Kayla Long won bronze medals.

In the competition, which drew 44 teams, participants were asked to identify plant specimens according to their technical and common names, and take a multiple-choice exam. They also did activities ranging from landscape drawing and propagation by hardwood cuttings, to interpersonal relations. The event is sponsored by Arysta Life Science North America, Kubota Tractor Corp. and STIHL Inc.

Susan Lowery coached the team.

Clear Spring student Becky Funk won a bronze medal in the national Prepared Public Speaking competition.

Funk, among 43 state winners in the event, spoke about "BioFuels: The Fuel of the Future."

The competition, sponsored by Arysta Life Science North America, ING and New Dominion Management, is designed to recognize FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a speech on an agricultural issue.

Hannah Smith, a Clear Spring student, won a silver medal in the national Extemporaneous Public Speaking competition.

In this event, which drew 47 state winners, each student had to choose a topic from a random list and, in 30 minutes, prepare a 4- to 6-minute speech. Each speech was followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges.

The competition was sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Foundation.

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