Clear Spring FFA honored

November 05, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event is a competitive activity that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

The Clear Spring FFA team placed fourth in this event capturing a top gold team award. Team members included Allison Moore, silver medalist, Kyle Hendershot, Joe "J.D." Repp and Amy Ridenour, individual gold medalists.

Ridenour honored

Ridenour also received a $500 National FFA Scholarship for her eighth-place individual finish in the event.

This event focuses on testing students' problem solving and decision making skills in environmental and natural resources. These areas concentrate on soil profiles, water and air quality, waste management, environmental analysis and use of global positioning units.

Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention. The event is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention in which FFA member practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.


The event was held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The Environmental and Natural Resources event is sponsored by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service of Washington, D.C., and Smithfield Foods of Smithfield, Va., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Forestry event

The National Forestry CDE tests students' skills and knowledge in forest management.

Components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree and equipment identification, a forest business management problem and demonstration of skills in timber cruising, timber stand improvement, map interpretation, compass use, tree and forest disorders, as well as chainsaw troubleshooting.

The Clear Spring team represented the Maryland FFA Association and received a silver team award. Members Adam Lipella, Casey McNamee, Elliott Reid, and Wesley Truax each received silver individual medals. The team is coached by Susan Lowery. The Husqvarna Co. sponsored the event as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Farm business

The Farm Business Management event was sponsored by the John Deere Co. During the event, 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. Team members Brett Hendershot, Bob Hockenbury, Karlie Hose and Allen Mackey each received silver individual honors. The team received a silver team award. Rev. Doug Courter and FFA Adviser Terrie Shank coach the team.

Issues forum

The National FFA Organization recently awarded members of the Maryland State FFA Association Agricultural Issues Forum Team a bronze emblem. The team competed in the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event (CDE), held during the 80th National FFA Convention.

Winners were announced at the annual awards banquet. As a sponsor, Elanco Animal Health, a Division of Eli Lilly and Co., provided funds for plaques, medals and scholarships for winning teams and high scoring individuals as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Team members Mary Drury, Hannah House, Kayla Long, Curtis "C.J." Ridenour, Casie Robertson and Chelsea Smith received bronze medals for their efforts.

The team was coached by FFA Alumni member Helene Ridenour and accompanied by their advisers Susan Lowery and Terrie Shank. The students are members of the Clear Spring FFA Chapter.

The National Agricultural Issues Forum CDE begins by utilizing the agricultural issues forum at the local level. From this start, the team is then challenged to develop a portfolio and deliver a presentation that stresses both pros and cons of the issues. Each of the 37 teams competed against chapters from across the nation. The event is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members practice the lesson taught in agriculture classes.

Shirk honored

Paige Shirk of the Clear Spring FFA Chapter was one of 49 individuals participating in the 2007 National FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event.

The Creed Speaking CDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the FFA Creed and respond to a series of questions related to the Creed.

The CDE is just one way FFA members can develop their ability to communicate in an organized and professional manner. The event was sponsored by CHS Corp. Shirk received a bronze medal for her efforts.

About FFA

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