The Winnfield FFA Forestry Team recently won the State FFA Forestry Career Development Event. The event was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions on April 14th with a virtual awards ceremony on April 16th.
Team members Lauren Poole, Annie Heard, Peyton Little, Joy So and John Spikes became eligible to compete at the state event after winning the Area II Forestry Career Development Event held in conjunction with the state competition that day.
All team members finished in the top 10 individually out of a total of 148 students (Joy So-9th overall, John Spikes-8th overall, Annie Heard-4th overall, Lauren Poole-3rd overall, and Peyton Little-State High Individual). The team advances to the national competition at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October.
The Forestry Career Development Event allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory and applying approved silviculture practices.
FFA is a national organization of over 700,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.