5 Fredericktown FFA Members Earned their American FFA Degree
Recently at the National FFA Convention, Fredericktown had four members who were among the 3,500 that received their American FFA Degrees on the last day of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN at Lucas Oil Stadium. Pictured from left to right are: Abby Pozderac, Tyson Armstrong, Ben McClay, Cody Sollars, and Hunter McVay.
All of these members worked very hard and invested a lot of time to get this honor. They had to have earned their State FFA Degree. Completed at least 3 years of an agricultural education program. Graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the convention. The member had to have at least 50 hours of community service, and productively earn 10,000 and reinvest 7,500 into their Supervised Agricultural Experience program. They must have maintained a scholastic record of at least a “C” or better. And complete a written application that goes thru an intense evaluation process on the local, district, state, and national levels. Each year only about 3,500 people get their American Degree in the entire United States so we are very proud to have 5 of those right here in Fredericktown and less than 1% of all FFA members receive this degree.
Abby Pozderac is the daughter of Milan and Kim Pozderac and is currently a student at Oklahoma State University where she is majoring in Agricultural Education. Tyson Armstrong is the son of Scott and Carla Armstrong and is currently attending the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute where he is majoring in Agricultural Business. Ben McClay is the son of Todd and Robin McClay and he is currently a student at Ashland University where he is majoring in Biology. Cody Sollars is the son of Aaron and Ellen Sollars and is currently attending the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute where he is majoring in Livestock Management. And Hunter McVay is the son of Dale McVay and Wendy McVay and is currently employed and is enrolled at the Central Ohio Technical College.
Fredericktown FFA takes 6th in State Urban Soils
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the State Soils Competition. The event was held in Fairfield County, Ohio.
As part of the contest, participants must take a soil survey test to show they know how to use and read a soil survey book. They must also evaluate various soil pits for factors like drainage, texture, and structure and must take other important information, such as slope, into consideration. Additionally, contestants must know and determine how each area should be used and what management practices are necessary to improve the potential home sites being judged.
This team did very well and placed in the top 10 teams, by taking 6th overall. Members were Kendra Denton, Jessica Small, Courtney Ballinger, and Maribeth Pozderac. Kendra earned 2nd place individually.
Fredericktown FFA headed to another national contest!
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter had a team that qualified to compete in the State Rural Soils Competition held in Fairfield County, Ohio.
As part of the contest, participants must take a soil survey test to show they know how to use and read a soil survey book. They must also evaluate four soil pits for factors like drainage, texture, and structure and must take other important information, such as slope, into consideration. Additionally, contestants must know and determine how each area should be used and what management practices are necessary to improve the sites being judged for rural and farming purposes.
Both teams did very well and placed in the top 10 teams. The Rural Soils Judging Team took 3rd place in the state and qualified to compete in the National Soils Competition in Oklahoma in May. Members of this team were Holly McClay, Ryan Matthews, Cassie Small, and Hannah Vaughn. Holly took 2nd place top individual and Ryan achieved 5th place individually in the state.
Fredericktown FFA Places Top 10 in the State Forestry
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent a team to compete in the Ohio State Forestry Contest. The event was held recently at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
This competition included 3 separate parts: an online exam, a timber cruising section, and 5 different practicum exercises. The online exam consisted of questions on forest management, timber calculations, and basic forestry knowledge. For the timber cruising portion of the contest, participants were given 30 minutes to timber cruise 10 trees. Timber cruising involves identifying the tree, measuring the diameter and number of logs in a tree, and calculating the number of board feet and value of each tree and of the area as a whole. The practicums are various activities that require contestants to show that they know more than just the basics of forestry. This year’s practicums were tree identification, equipment ID, forest products recognition, topography map reading, and compass. Members were given 20 minutes to complete each practicum section.
The team did very well, placing 6th in the state. Members were: Cassie Small, Holly McClay, Dalton Canter, Heaven Martin, Ryan Matthews, Jessica Small, Caity Gaddis, Kendra Denton, and Kyrsten Andrews. Ryan finished with 17th place individually and Caity won 21st place individually in the state. This is the 3rd year in a row that the forestry team has placed in the top 10 at the state contest.
Fredericktown FFA excels at County Soils Contest
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent two teams to compete at the Knox County Soil Judging Competition. The event was held at the Grassbaugh Farms in Howard, Ohio. For this contest, members can compete in rural soil judging or urban soil judging. Participants must measure the slope, depth of topsoil, and additional important factors, as well as determine the soil type, texture, drainage class, and other information for multiple soil pits. Contestants must be familiar with the requirements for various land uses and identify what use each pit area would be best suited for.
Both the Urban and Rural Soils Teams did very well! The Urban Team took 1st place and qualified for the District 7 Urban Soils Competition, with Jessica Small as the 1st place individual in the event and Kendra Denton in 2nd. The following will be advancing to the district rural contest: Ryan Matthews, Holly McClay, Max Frazier, Cassie Small, and Hannah Vaughn.
Fredericktown FFA Qualifies for State Forestry Competition
Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the County and District 7 Forestry Contest. For this competition, contestants must take a written test, show their knowledge in various practicums, and perform a timber cruising on 10 different trees. The test consists of questions relating to forest management, forestry statistics, and harvesting techniques. This year’s practicums required participants to identify the leaves of various tree species, recognize different pieces of equipment, take measurements using a compass, and read a topography map. For the timber cruising section, members had to measure the diameter at breast height (DBH) and number of 16’ logs in each tree, as well as determine the specie and amount of board feet in all ten of the trees. Additionally, they had to determine the value of each individual tree and the total value and board feet.
All of the contestants scored very well. The team placed 5th in the Knox County Contest and placed 3rd and qualified for the State Competition. Members include Cassie Small, Jake Sanders, Jess Small, Heaven Martin, Georgie Caputo, Kane Johnston, Kendra Denton, Dalton Canter, Cierrah Calbert, Ryan Matthews, Max Frazier, Caity Gaddis, Holly McClay, Rachael LaBenne, and Kyrsten Andrews.
We had three students who placed high individually in the District Contest. Ryan received 6th place individual, Dalton placed 10th, and Caity was the 14th individual in the district. All who participated in this district contest will be competing in the State Forestry Contest.