Fredericktown FFA takes 2nd place in the County Forestry Contest!
Recently members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter recently competed in the County FFA Forestry contest held at Garrett and Linda Swendals farm in Danville. In this competition, members must be able to show their knowledge in a timber cruising practicum on 10 different trees. Throughout this practicum you have to identify the tree, properly use the DBH tape to measure the width of the tree as well as finding out how many 16-foot logs are in the tree and use this information and charts to see how much that tree is worth in the end. As they will advance to the next level of competition not only will they be completing a timber cruise practicum but they will also be completing the other practicums for this year and test their knowledge in the areas of general forestry knowledge, diseases and disorders, wood products and forestry equipment.
The Fredericktown team placed 2nd overall!!! With Emily Rook taking 1st place individually for the entire contest!
Members pictured from left to right are: Front Row: Kacie Rook, Lilyana Springston, Jessica Cummings, Ashlee WIlliams, Natasha Tucker, and Emily Rook
Back Row: Kelsey Scott, Chloe Wells, Kaid Benson, Autumn Gault, Nikki Frazier, and Jacob VanSlyke.
Fredericktown FFA brings home another banner!
Recently the Fredericktown FFA Chapter had a team compete in this year’s virtual State Environmental and Natural Resource contest. This was a makeup contest from last spring. In order to qualify for this contest, teams must place within the top five teams in one of the competitions that relate to the environment and its resources. Those career development events include Urban Soils, Rural Soil, Wildlife Management, Nature Interpretation, and Forestry. Fredericktown’s team had placed 3rd in the state Urban Soils competitions this past school year to qualify for ENR Competition.
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 on the connection between solar energy and agriculture. Fredericktown’s team did their presentation on solar panels, and how as a landowner it could benefit you to transfer a portion of your land to harvest solar energy. The general test and all of the practicums were completed in an online virtual competition this year.
The team did a great job and placed 5th place overall in Ohio, which earns them another banner for the hallway.
Fredericktown FFA competes in a virtual General Livestock CDE
The Fredericktown FFA took part in the makeup virtual state contest for the General Livestock Career Development Event. The general livestock contest is designed to help members recognize quality livestock animals and their traits. Participants place several animals in classes according to their appearance, movement, and other characteristics. They may also consider records and data. The animal’s classes can be any species of livestock, including swine, cattle, and sheep. Members may also be asked to evaluate animal classes based on their market qualities. Competitors also determine which animal to keep and which should be sold in the keep or cull classes. The participants also answered questions about the classes, each member scored based on how well they answer them and how they did with the rest of the contest. Our team this year took 51st place in Ohio for the virtual state test. Those team members were Kaid Benson, Macy Thorne, Andrea Smith, and Jacob VanSlyke.
Fredericktown FFA takes 8th in Virtual Wildlife CDE
Members of the Fredericktown FFA Chapter competed in the State Wildlife Management Career Development Event recently. The Wildlife Management event is designed to help stimulate an interest in the areas of fish and wildlife management as well as to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of natural resource instruction. Throughout this contest, FFA members demonstrate their knowledge of natural resources. Because of the Corona-19 virus the participants this year completed the test and the practicums all online with 181 questions. Practicums included identification, understanding pond management, determining habitat management requirements, and identifying game laws and safety. Normally participants would take a written general knowledge test and would identify various types of mammals, birds, and other wildlife. Then complete in person practicums to test their knowledge. The team placed 8th overall in Ohio for the State virtual contest. Those members were Nikki Frazier, Andrea Smith, Macy Thorne, Katie Mull, Makayla Scott, Emily Rook, and Natasha Tucker. Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.