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Area FFA members compete at Md. convention

August 10, 2009

BALTIMORE -- FFA members from the Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Smithsburg FFA chapters recently attended the 81st annual Maryland FFA Convention in Baltimore.

During the three-day convention, FFA members were recognized for their accomplishments within their chapters and the state association. They also participated in leadership workshops and career development events.

Boonsboro Middle School's Agricultural Quiz Bowl Team placed second, with each student receiving a silver medallion and $25 cash prize. Team members were Carol DeBaugh, Cory DeBaugh, Valerie Mason and Taylor Thompson. Megan Thompson served as their coach.

The Agriculture Business Management Team from Clear Spring took first place. Team members were J.D. Repp (third), Elliott Reid (seventh), C.J. Ridenour (fifth) and Lakyn Sanders (first). The team will represent Maryland at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.

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Finishing in second place was the Boonsboro FFA team of Erin Canfield (second), Whitney Furr (eighth) J.R. Lowery and Jarad Michael. The team will represent Maryland in September at the FFA Eastern States Career Events in Springfield, Mass.

The Agricultural Communications Team from the Boonsboro FFA placed second with team members Destiny Mooreland (10th), Kayla Eury (first), Brittany Ressenger (eighth), Amanda Shumaker and Sandy Harner (ninth).

The Agricultural Issues Team from the Clear Spring FFA placed first. Team members Tessa Wiles, Crystal Welling, Brenna Reid, Brittney Morris, Chad Hamilton and Rachel House presented the pros and cons on the issue of the "Use of rBST in the Dairy Industry." The team will go on to compete at the National FFA Convention in October.

The Agricultural Knowledge Bowl Team from Clear Spring placed second. Team members were Hannah House, Casie Roberson, Allen Mackey and Elliott Reid. The team from Boonsboro finished in fifth place with team members Erin Canfield, Whitney Furr, J.R. Lowery and Kayla Eury.

The Agriculture Marketing Team of Hannah House, Elliott Reid and Casie Roberson from the Clear Spring FFA placed first. The team of Scott DeBaugh, Josh Planck and Kaci Collins from the Boonsboro FFA finished in second place. The first-place team will go on to represent Maryland at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, while the second-place team will represent Maryland at the Eastern States Career Events in Springfield.

The Agriculture Sales Team from Boonsboro FFA placed fourth. Team members were Scott DeBaugh (sixth), Josh Planck (18th), Eric Kline and Brittany Smith. Also participating in this event from the Smithsburg FFA were Tim Frey (12th), Brittney Weicht (13th) and Jeff Wolfe (15th).

In the Creed Speaking Event, Boonsboro FFA member Brittany Smith placed fourth, Jarad Michael placed seventh and Brittany Ressenger finished in 13th place.

In FFA Knowledge, Rachel House, Brenna Reid, Joey Stine, Chad Hamilton, Brittney Morris and Tessa Wiles represented the Clear Spring FFA Chapter.

In the Floriculture Career Event, Ashley Kline and Ashley Lowery represented the Boonsboro FFA Chapter.

The Horticulture Knowledge Bowl Team from Clear Spring placed first. Team members were Hannah House, Casie Roberson, Allen Mackey and Crystal Welling

In the Job Interview Career Event, Allen Mackey of the Clear Spring FFA placed third, while Ashley Kline of the Boonsboro FFA finished in eighth place.

In the Junior Extemporaneous Speaking Event, Tessa Wiles from Clear Spring placed first, Scott DeBaugh of the Boonsboro FFA was second, Brittney Morris from Clear Spring placed third and Ashley Lowery from the Boonsboro FFA placed fourth.

In the Junior Prepared Public Speaking Event, participating were Chad Hamilton (second) and Joey Stine (10th) from the Clear Spring FFA and Kayla Anderson (ninth) and Taylor Ash (12th) from the Boonsboro FFA Chapter.

In the Senior Extemporaneous Speaking Event, J.D. Repp of the Clear Spring FFA placed third, while Boonsboro FFA member Erin Canfield placed ninth Kaci Collins also participated.

In the Senior Prepared Public Speaking Event, Whitney Furr placed ninth and Kayla Eury placed 10th. Both are from the Boonsboro FFA Chapter.

Agricultural Science Fair

Kayla Eury and Erin Canfield -- first place in engineering and overall

Ashley Kline and Eric Kline -- first place in animal science and third overall

Whitney Furr and Kaci Collins -- first place in food science and fourth overall

Ashley Lowery -- first place in botany and fifth overall

State Agriculturists Degrees were presented to Boonsboro FFA members Keith Bowers, Kayla Eury, Whitney Furr and Eric Kline.

State Agriculturists Degree recipients from the Clear Spring FFA included Brian Bussard, Ray Frank, Kerrington Gray, Brett Hendershot, Bob Hockenbury, Adam Lipella, Allen Mackey, Lindsey Peacher, Elliott Reid, J.D. Repp and C.J. Ridenour.

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