December 9, 2019

Bristol FFA has National Success in Indianapolis

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Dighton (November 8, 2019) - Twenty-seven members of the Bristol FFA Chapter traveled to the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was a special convention because it marked the 50th Anniversary of Women in FFA. Four teams from Bristol FFA earned the privilege of competing on the national level through their success at the state level. We are pleased to present the students (coincidentally, all young women) from Bristol Aggie that represented Massachusetts this year at the convention.

Floriculture - 9th Place - Gold Team
In the Floriculture CDE, FFA members test their knowledge and skills in the production and retailing of flowers, plants and foliage. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam on the floriculture industry, identify plant materials, demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills, employment and customer service skills, technical floral skills and the ability to work as a team.

Kenzie Casper, Somerset - 15th place Gold Individual
Meaghan Herlihy, Middleboro - Gold Individual
Hannah Araujo, Rehoboth - Silver Individual
Kaci Leonard, Berkley - Silver Individual

Environmental Natural Resource - Bronze Team
The Environmental and Natural Resources CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. This event focuses on testing students' problem solving and decision making skills in environmental and natural resources. These areas concentrate on soil profiles, water quality, waste management, and use of global positioning units.

Jesse Power, Plymouth - Gold Individual
Mollie Coyne, East Bridgewater - Silver Individual
Savannah Puccio, North Attleboro - Bronze Individual

Horse Evaluation - Bronze Team
The Horse Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students' ability to select and evaluate horses. Event components include eight selection classes consisting of four halter classes and four performance classes. Students also give four sets of oral reasons with two sets coming from each evaluation class. Teams also work together to complete practical activities and a team presentation.

Eloise Fogg, Somerset - Silver Individual
Mia Oliveira - Silver Individual
Logan DeCourcey, Kingston - Bronze Individual
Riley Dustin, Dighton - Bronze Individual

Prepared Public Speaking
During the Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event (LDE), students write and deliver a six to eight minute speech about a current agriculture-related topic. Students research a topic of interest and then put together a creative, informative speech. The speech is then presented to a panel of judges, who score the student based on the speech’s content, composition and delivery.

Hannah Johnson, Rochester – Bronze Individual

This year’s National FFA Convention had over 68,000 people registered. While in Indianapolis, students had the opportunity to participate in sessions held at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention where they listened to motivational speakers and visited hundreds of agricultural companies. There were dozens of student and teacher workshops, a Career Show and Expo, educational tours, community service activities, and concerts by Old Dominion and Brett Young.

Additionally, the Bristol FFA chapter presented at the Expo’s Hall of States. This is an area where each state can display and present about agriculture in their state. The Bristol FFA display talked about the various areas of agriculture in Massachusetts, but also featured various women farmers that are making an impact in the agriculture industry throughout the commonwealth. Massachusetts was the lead the tides of change when it came to including women in the organization. Even though it was not a popular stance across the nation, in 1931 Massachusetts was the first state organization to allow women into the organization.

Some students attended the convention with the sole purpose of expanding their knowledge of the agricultural industry and developing leadership skills. Students also took part in a National Day of Service. Twelve Bristol FFA students spent the day renovating, painting, clearing spaces for two organizations in Indianapolis, the Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center and the Big Car Collaborative These students truly made a large impact during their short time in Indianapolis as they persevered through the cold, wind and snow that welcomed us during their time in Indianapolis.

About Bristol County Agricultural High School
Bristol County Agricultural High School is an agricultural-vocational public high school set on over 200 acres of land Dighton, Massachusetts. The school has 7 agricultural offerings for their 450 students from across Bristol County and beyond: Large & Small Animal Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Arboriculture, Landscape Design & Construction, Floriculture, and Natural Resource Management.

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