Four Southern High School students from the Oakland FFA Chapter recently competed in the National Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 19-22, 2016. The competition required knowledge of beef, pork and lamb. Parts of the contest included identification of retail cuts, cookery methods, quality grading, yield grading, a written test and a formulation problem. As a team, students had to identify bones and muscles of the three species and solve keep/cull problems. The meats team, composed of FFA President Amy Schmidt (11th grade), Vice President Lexi Trickett (12th grade), Treasurer Abby Wilson (12th grade), and 2016 graduate Samantha Botterbusch, placed bronze and qualified to compete at the national competition by placing first in the state contest.
The meats team composed of Treasurer Abby Wilson, Vice President Lexi Trickett, President Amy Schmidt, and 2016 graduate Samantha Botterbusch
In addition to team members on the meats team, four additional 11th grade students went to the National FFA Convention. Vada Drummond, Brooklyn Hardesty, Brianna LeMay, and Wyatt Wright toured the career show where they learned about various companies and careers in the agricultural industry. The students participated in many educational tours as well. At Ohio State University, students toured the agricultural facilities including the sheep, beef, and equine farms. Students also toured the Case factory and Fair Oaks Farm, a large agritourist farm which showcases dairy, swine, and crop production.
Theodore Evans, a 2015 graduate, received his American FFA degree at the National FFA Convention. Evans is a member of the Oakland FFA who had been working on his Supervised Agricultural Experience to achieve this honor for five years. In order to earn this highest FFA degree, a member must have earned $10,000 in his or her supervised agricultural experience or have worked a total of 2,250 hours on the project. Other qualifications include maintaining an acceptable GPA and developing leadership skills. Evans is currently pursuing a degree in Agricultural & Extension Education at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
2015 graduate Theodore Evans, American FFA Degree
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