Recently, the Fredericktown FFA participated in the State Environmental and Natural Resources Competition at Darby Creek Metro Park in Galloway, Ohio. The only teams that can compete in this competition are the top 5 teams in Rural and Urban Soils, Forestry, Wildlife Management, and Nature Interpretations.
The Environmental and Natural Resource Career Development Events responsibility is to prepare students to enter careers in the Environmental and Natural Resource Industry. This contest also allows students to demonstrate their skills and competencies in the areas of: soil analysis, water analysis, environmental, wildlife and nature identifications and habitats and a GPS navigation event. They also had to make and present a PowerPoint presentation it in front of judges about a current environmental issue. The team was given the topic of algal blooms in Lake Erie and Grand St. Mary’s Lake and had to support with evidence the causes of this and how it could be managed to reduce the current algae and prevent further damage.
The team placed 3rd in the state receiving their second state banner this year! This contest will help the soils team prepare for the national soils competition in Oklahoma coming up later this spring.
Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden. The team consisted of Jacob Lotz, Holly McClay, Milan Pozderac and Ryan Matthews.