Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter had a team compete in the State Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) contest. The event was held on Saturday, April 23, at the Darby Creek Natural Resource Center in Galloway, Ohio.
In order to qualify for this contest, teams must place within the top five teams in one of the competitions that relates to the environment and its resources. Those career development events include Urban Soils, Rural Soils, Wildlife Management, Nature Interpretation, and Forestry. Fredericktown’s team had placed 2nd in the State Forestry competition to qualify for the State ENR Competition. This accomplishment also qualified them to compete in the Big Eastern Regional Forestry Contest in Massachusetts in September.
The ENR contest involves 5 separate parts including: soils analysis, habitat, GPS location, water analysis, and a presentation on a topic. Teams consist of 4 members. Teams analyze the different characteristics of the water, soil, and Ecosystems and habitats (which includes the local wildlife and plant species) and use a GPS to locate various points. They work together as a team to answer questions about each section. The presentation topic was sustainability and how to make cities more efficient and eco-friendly. Fredericktown’s team did their presentation on utilizing LED lights, solar panels, and other techniques to reduce the amount of electricity used in Columbus. Contestants also have to take an online knowledge test.
The team did a great job and placed 1st in Ohio. This qualifies them to compete at the National ENR contest at National Convention in October in Indianapolis, Indiana for a chance at the National Title. The team will also be recognized on State at the State FFA Convention in May.
Team members are Ryan Matthews, Milan Pozderac, Jacob Lotz, and Caity Gaddis.