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Smithsburg FFA selected to compete at national convention

October 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — A local FFA chapter recently was selected for national recognition in a career development event at the 85th National FFA Convention, which will be Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis.

The Smithsburg High School FFA Chapter will send four members to Indianapolis as they vie for national honors in the area of Agricultural Issues Forum.

National support for the Agriculturual Issues Forum CDE is provided by Elanco.

FFA members who will represent the chapter in the contest include Matt Lewis, Morgan Nicely, Hannah Rohrer and Justin Martin. The chapter advisers are Lee Ruark and Lynda Dominick. Karen Martin is the team coach.

Agricultural Issues Forum is one of 24 career development event areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. FFA members present on a current issue facing agriculture to local community groups prior to competing in the national event.

CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

The National FFA orginization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 550,739 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture — as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

For more information, go to www.ffa.org.

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