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Local High Schools Attend Maryland State FFA Convention

Release Date: 7/30/2010 8:14:30 AM

The Future Farmers of America chapters from various local high schools represented Carroll County at the 82nd Maryland State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention, held from June 28-30, 2010, at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, Maryland.
Members of the FFA competed in numerous Career Development Events (CDE’s) and other events while at the Convention. Some of the events were in the areas of FFA Knowledge, Floriculture, and Small Animal Care.
The FFA team from Francis Scott Key High School consisted of Pam Bell, Ashley Hevner, Trevor Hoff, Samantha Anthony, Brianne Hevner, Amber Lippy, Amanda Smith, Clark Anthony, Andrea Keefer, Brady Perry, John Loy, Jason Talbert, Matt Talbert, and Kellen Toop. The team placed third in Farm Business Management with Hoff placing third, Perry placing seventh, and Loy placing eleventh individually. The team also placed fifth in the Meat Evaluation CDE with Anthony placing second and Hevner placing eighteenth individually. FSK placed fourth in the FFA Knowledge Bowl with Brianne Hevner placing seventh of all individuals competing. Additionally Hoff placed fifth in senior extemporaneous speaking and third in the talent competition, Lippy placed third in junior extemporaneous speaking, and Smith placed fifth in the talent competition. Eight members of the team also received their Maryland State FFA Degree.
The Liberty High School team, coached by FFA advisors Clare Linfield and Katy Macleod, consisted of eight members from the school’s FFA: Victoria Robinson, Casey Schopman, Brittany Baier, Shelby Hartley, Madeline Hose, Katherine Windham, Kelly Wallace, and Chrissy Marshall. The team placed first in the state in the FFA Knowledge Bowl, with Robinson placing first and Schopman placing tenth of all individuals competing. They also placed fifth in the state for FFA Floriculture, and fifth in the state for FFA Small Animal Care, with Robinson placing eleventh individually.
Twelve students from the Manchester Valley High School FFA attended and competed at the Convention, including Casey Burtnick, Serena Hare, Cody Craumer, Samantha Ruby, Mark Leister, Caroline Wickline, Kelsey Smith, Katy Ashby, John Black, Samantha Muller, Christina Paulsen, and Jarred Seitz. The team placed tenth in the state in the FFA Knowledge Bowl, fourth in the state in the Horticultural Knowledge Bowl, and seventh in the state for Small Animal Care, with Ashby finishing tenth overall of all individuals competing. Additionally, Burtnick competed in the senior prepared public speaking event and placed eleventh, and Hare competed in the creed speaking event placing seventh. The Meat Evaluation and Technology Team placed sixth in the state with Craumer finishing tenth individually, and the Parliamentary Procedure Team finished third in the state. The Manchester Valley FFA also received a Membership Award for increased membership during the 2009-2010 school year.
North Carroll High School’s FFA was represented by eight students at the State FFA Convention. The team placed fourth overall in the Meats Evaluation CDE, eighth overall in the FFA Knowledge Bowl, and sixth in the Small Animal Care CDE, with Colby Warner placing seventh, and Gabrielle Leather placing twelfth individually. Additionally, Suzannah Macleod placed first as senior prepared speaking contest and Alec Shapiro placed first in the Agriscience Fair. Macleod and Shapiro will represent the state of Maryland at the National FFA Convention this fall to compete in their individual events.
South Carroll High School’s FFA chapter had six members participate including Brandon Gruber, Karen Garnett, Sydney Redding, Jordan Donaldson, Samantha Redding, and Daniel Olmedo. The team placed second overall in the Small Animal Care CDE with Sydney Redding placing third, Donaldson placing fourth, and Samantha Redding placing sixth individually. Gruber placed second in the junior prepared speaking contest, Garnett placed third in the job interview competition. The chapter was also recognized for its increased enrollment during the 2009-2010 school year.
Winter’s Mill High School was represented at the Convention by three members from the school’s FFA: AJ Baginski, Jamie Plunkert, and Shelby Stevens. The team placed second in the state in the FFA Knowledge Bowl, with Plunkert placing seventh, Stevens placing fifteenth, and Baginski placing eighteenth of all individuals competing. Additionally, Plunkert placed ninth in the Small Animal Care contest.

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