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FFA Students Bring Home First National Titles for Stewarts Creek High School

The 94th National FFA Convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 26-30. During this event, Stewarts Creek FFA was honored with multiple national recognitions including two national winners.

Awards included:

  • National Proficiency Winner in Agriscience Research Integrated Systems - Harrison Falcofsky
  • National Agriscience Fair Winners in Plant Systems Division IV - Ella Hasty and Kari Thongkham
  • 3rd at the National Agriscience Fair in Plant Systems Division III - Karlee Dunn
  • National Silver Award Winners in the Floriculture Career Development Event
    • Team members include Harrison Falcofsky, Karlee Dunn, Kari Thongkham, and Brooklynn Gregory
  • American Degree Recipients – Micayla Hickman, Leandra Koss, and Grace Hardee
  • National 3 Star Chapter Award
Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.

Harrison’s award area was Agricultural Research in Integrated Systems. This award area is about supervised agricultural experiences that involve planning and conducting agriculturally based scientific experiments based on hypotheses and the use of the scientific methods of investigation. Harrison has completed seven research projects in high school. These include concrete strength experimentation, the feed efficiency of goat kids on a “Robo-Mom” feeder versus traditional feeder, a literature review on sexual misconduct in the agriculture industry, and the analysis of employability skills development through Tennessee FFA Career Development Events. Harrison was awarded over $1000 in cash prizes and a medal for this achievement.

The National FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes students who gain real-world, hands-on experience in agricultural enterprises. Students use scientific principles and emerging technologies to solve complex problems related to agriculture, food, and natural resources. The agriscience fair is for middle and high school students. Participation begins at the local level and progresses to state and national levels. Kari and Ella completed a project titled “The Analysis of Brix, Growth, Color, and Taste of Lactuca sativa Grown in Varying Mediums.” This project placed first in the nation. Ella and Kari received $1,000 and a medal for this award, Karlee’s project was also in plant systems and was titled, “The Comparison of Hydrogen Peroxide, Grapeseed Oil, and Light as Preventatives of Algae in Hydroponics.” Karlee received $500 and a medal for this honor.

The Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) requires students to identify plants, judge flower arrangements and solve problems. Participants also demonstrate skills in flower arranging, propagation and the preparation of floral and foliage products for sale.

This four-person team event is designed to create an interest in career preparation for all current and future aspects of the floriculture industry through leadership development and hands on technical skill development using industry standards that are delivered through the agricultural education curriculum. This event builds skills that are important to careers in greenhouse and field production management, garden center and floral shop management and floral design management. Students who excel show a well-rounded knowledge of horticulture, the cultivation of flowering and ornamental plants and the floral industry. The team and each team member ranked silver in the nation and was awarded $500 by the Tennessee FFA Foundation for representing Tennessee at the National level.

As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career. Less than 1% of the National FFA membership receive their American Degrees. Micayla Hickman, Grace Hardee, and Leandra Koss are all recipients of this distinguished honor.

Stewarts Creek FFA was recognized as a National 3-Star Chapter. The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards (NQCS) and a Program of Activities (POA) that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Gina Stewart and Makenzie Moorehead are the FFA Advisors of Stewarts Creek High School.

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