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Fredericktown ENR Team earns First Place at Nationals

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter had a team compete in the National Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) contest. The two day event was held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana where they brought home the National FFA Champion title.

In order to qualify for this contest, teams must have won their State Environmental and Natural Resources competition last spring. This contest relates to the environment and its resources. This career development event is over the following areas of: an objective written exam and practicums. The equipment identification practicum included water quality, aquatic, wildlife, geographical, weather, and forestry equipment. The native species and invasive / non-native species identification practicum was over wildlife, birds, reptiles/amphibians, fish and other aquatic animals, and invasive plants and animals. The other practicums includes water quality and analysis, soil analysis, GPS location course, and waste management scenario.

They also completed a writing practicum on the given environmental issue, and a team practicum over an environmental issue relating to a reservoir dam and the lake that surrounds the dam and the water quality issues with that lake.

The team did an awesome job in representing Ohio and placed 1st in the entire United States. This qualified them to accept their awards on stage at the National FFA Convention in front of 65,000 people in attendance and all of those watching on live tv on RFD TV.

Milan Pozderac also took 3rd individual overall with Ryan Matthews taking 4th place individual. All four team members each received a $1,000 cash scholarship award.

Pictured (LtoR) Sarah Draper (National Western Region Vice-President), Debra Burden (Advisor), Caity Gaddis, Ryan Matthews (4th individual), Milan Pozderac (3rd individual), Jacob Lotz, and Caity Gaddis.

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