Exeter- Members of the Seacoast School of Technology FFA Chapter recently traveled to Indianapolis, IN to compete in the 84th National FFA Convention. The convention drew over 48,000 FFA members from across the country to compete in 22 Career Development events.
The national convention attendees, who are students in Anne DeMarco’s Animal & Plant Science program at the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, earned the privilege of representing New Hampshire at the national level based upon their performance in last spring’s state competition.
Charlotte Faria, Kelsey Mathouser and Meghan Abrahamson, all seniors at Exeter High School, each competed in the Dairy Cattle Evaluation event. In this event, FFA members judge six classes of dairy cattle, linear classify five Holstein cows, competitively evaluate four sets of dairy pedigrees, complete a sire selection and dairy management exercise, and give four sets of oral justification on their individual placing of dairy cattle. As a team they earned a bronze rating, and as individuals Charlotte earned a silver medal and Kelsey and Meghan each earned bronze.
The Livestock Judging team consisted of Michaela Kirby from Exeter HS, Tiffany Leith from Exeter HS, and Alayna Perkins, who graduated last year from Winnacunnet HS and is currently studying Animal Science at the UNH Thompson School. Each of these team members earned individual bronze medals and together garnered bronze honors for their team performance. While competing in this event each member had to evaluate classes of beef, sheep, swine and meat goats, give an oral presentation for each class of animal, and complete a written exam. Additionally, the team had to evaluate production records to determine the best quality of livestock for a breeding program.
The Seacoast School of Technology also sent an Agricultural Sales team, which earned an overall bronze for their work in presenting a sales campaign, completing a written test, working through a team sales situation, and completing a practicum designed to generate new customers. Members of the Agricultural Sales team were Brain Berridge from the Great Bay eLearning Charter School, who sold quality chicken feed, Josh Boswell from Epping HS, who sold his Boswell Pet Finder, Hannah Proulx from Raymond HS, who presented her environmentally safe equine predator flies, and Jessica Downing from Sanborn Regional HS, who sold Downing Farm Fresh Eggs.
Victoria Bussey, of the Great Bay eLearning Charter School, also attended the convention and served as the State of NH Flag bearer at numerous events.
The National FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 members, all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The FFA Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing leadership, fostering personal growth, and encouraging career success through agricultural education.