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Chambersburg FFA team wins state contest

July 20, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg High FFA team took first place at the Pennsylvania State FFA contest June 9 and 10.

The Agriculture Salesmanship Career Development team placed first in the state. Members of the team were Branton Moore, who placed second; Cassi Foster, who placed third; Josh Funk, who placed fifth; Heather Hartman, who placed eighth; and Mikayla Moore, who placed 12th.

The team will travel to Indianapolis for the National FFA Conference.

The contest consisted of a 25-question multiple-choice test on agricultural sales, an interactive sales presentation on a student-selected product to sell, a sales practicum situation of customer relations and a team presentation on marketing.

In the Aquatic Resource Career Development event, the following individuals placed: Natalie Byers, placed first; Rhonda Rice, placed second; Garrett Bumbaugh, placed 13th; and Kyle Grove placed 18th. The team members had to take a written 50-question test on aquatics, identification of 60 aquatic species, insects and plants.


They also had a problem-solving, hands-on activity which included water testing, stream flow and volume of water in a stream or pond, calculating the biotic index and determining water shed boundaries and pond management.

The Agriscience Fair Career Development event was won by Cody Laughlin in the area of Environmental Science. His agriscience fair project was on the Measurement of Water Pollution. He determined the pollution level of five different water sources in Franklin County. Cody will be traveling to Indiana for the National FFA Conference to compete on the national level.

The Environmental and Natural Resource Career Development team took second place. The team consisted of Natalie Byers, Matt Dodson, Rhonda Rice and Morgan Shadle. The students had to take a written exam on natural resource management, do a student practicum on water analysis, soil nutrient, GPS location, environmental analysis, soil profile and waste management and a team practicum.

Other Career Development event participants included Creed Speaking and Rachel Barnes, who took ninth place. In the Dairy Judging Career Development event, Travis Byers took ninth place and Colby Wadel was 43rd.

The Farm Business Management team was fifth. The team included Quinn Cashell, Brittany May and Samantha Davis.

In the Livestock Judging Career Development event, Jared McIntire was ninth and Joe Hawbaker took 58th place.

In the Wildlife Career Development event, Joshua Rock was fifth, Morgan Shadle was ninth, Matt Dodson was 34th, Austen Jumper was 51st and Warren Forest was 65th.

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