Walkersville FFA wins national honor

December 22, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. -- Frederick County students did so well in this fall's FFA competition that the Walkersville High School chapter brought home the highest and only Maryland three-star rated National Chapter Award.

On behalf of the winning chapter, Walkersville students Emily Collins and Nick Cutshall accepted the prestigious award in Indianapolis;

In addition, the following students earned the American FFA Degree, the highest FFA degree awarded:

o Charlotte Helen Thompson from the Career & Technology Center.

o Bridget Hoffman from Catoctin High.

o Sara Marie Kreh from Middletown High.

o Benjamin P. Murphy from Urbana High.

o Andrea Marie Kneer from Walkersville High.  

The Walkersville High chapter also won a gold emblem in dairy cattle evaluation at the national career-development competition in Indianapolis.

The Linganore High chapter won gold in agricultural mechanics and dairy cattle handling.


Winning individual gold emblems were:

o Career & Technology Center student Stephen Van Lowe in landscape and nursery; Linganore students C.J. Battaglia in agricultural mechanics; Nathan Rhoderick in dairy handling; Matthew Ripley in ag mechanics; and Tammy Sweeney in floriculture; and Walkersville students Mandi Ramsburg and Hannah Thompson in dairy cattle evaluation.

Silver emblems went to the chapters from the Career & Technology Center in landscape and nursery; Frederick High in dairy foods; Linganore High in floriculture; and Walkersville High in agronomy.

Winning individual silver emblems were:

o CTC chapter students Samantha Hopkins and Todd Hotchkiss (now at the University of Maryland) in landscape and nursery; and Todd Hotchkiss in landscape proficiency.

o Frederick students Caitlin Slife, Brittany Carpenter and Christie Clark in dairy foods.

o Linganore students Adam Cichilli and Lucas Moxley in agricultural mechanics; and Cassie Stevens and Maggie Noel in floriculture.

o Walkersville students Kelsey Fogle, Laura Shelton, Sam Shelton and Kristen Warner in agronomy; and Katelyn Beachy in dairy cattle evaluation.

Bronze emblems went to chapters from Linganore High in parliamentary procedure; and Walkersville High in meats evaluation and technology and in poultry evaluation.

Winning individual bronze emblems were:

o CTC student Emily Etchison (now attending Frederick Community College) in landscape and nursery.

o Frederick student Rachelle Wisner in dairy foods.

o Linganore students Hannah Hood for demonstrating her ability to communicate the National FFA Creed and answer related questions, and Josh Mayne in prepared public speaking.

o Walkersville students Joe Andrews, Kaitlyn Fuss and Clayborne Zimmerman in meats evaluation and technology; Shane Beachy for dairy cattle evaluation; Brittany Bowman in the job interview category; and Jake Crum and Grant Fleming in poultry evaluation.

The National FFA Organization has more than 500,000 student members. More information can be found online at

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