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Randleman FFA to Compete at 88th National FFA Convention

Meats Evaluation Team - Front (L to R): Kristen Shirley, Hannah Gray. Back: Jon Isom Milk Quality & Products Team - (L to R) Brianna Reynolds, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes, Marie Beeson

The Randleman FFA Chapter will send three State winning teams to represent the North Carolina FFA Association at the 88th National FFA Convention to be held October 28 - 31 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Marie Beeson, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes and Brianna Reynolds earned first place State honors in the Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event held during the 87thNorth Carolina State FFA Convention in Raleigh, NC on June 16-18.  The Milk Quality & Products Career Development event is designed to enhance learning activities related to milk quality and processing, federal milk marketing, attributes of milk products and substitutes for them.  At the National level, team members will utilize knowledge of high quality milk production and marketing to complete a written test and problem solving activities, utilize mastitis detection methods in order to understand the causes and control of the mastitis disease, identify cheese varieties and characteristics, identify and evaluate the flavor quality of milk, determine fat content in various milk products and develop team decision-making skills.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Randleman will represent the State FFA Association in the National Milk Quality & Products CDE.  Brianna Reynolds earned second overall individual honors and Hannah Hughes placed third overall individual.

Randleman is also the state winner in the Meats Evaluation Career Development event.  Team members include Kristen Shirley; top overall individual, Jon Isom, third overall individual; and Hannah Gray, fourth overall individual.  In National Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE, students develop the skills needed for careers in the meat animal industry. During the event, members evaluate beef carcasses for quality and yield grade; identify various meat cuts and place carcasses, complete a meat formulation problem and identify wholesale and/or retail cuts.   Randleman also competed in the Food Science & Technology Career Development Event team members Alyssa Gimbel, Cierra Vickers, Ashley McNeill and Ashley Wilson placing 5th in the state.     

On April 1st, the Randleman FFA Chapter earned first place honors in the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event held at the NC State Fairgrounds.  Team members Josh Berman, Brent Brown, Sophie Farlow and Tiffany Sullivan will also represent North Carolina FFA at the National FFA Convention this fall in Louisville, Kentucky.  During this event, team members evaluated production, processing and merchandising phases of the poultry industry as well as identified various industry components.  They were also tested on the application of sound management practices.  Members evaluated live birds, presented oral reasons and placed a class of ready-to-cook broiler carcasses.  In the processing and merchandising phase of the event, members selected and graded interior and exterior quality of eggs as well as processed products. 

FFA Career Development Events provide opportunities for members to develop knowledge and skills necessary for success in today’s agribusiness and agriscience industry.  In order to succeed in Career Development Events, students must work with peers, teachers, business and community leaders to gain a complete and comprehensive picture of what it takes for a person to succeed in the related career area.  Preparing for a CDE is preparing for the future.

Hannah Gray, Mackensie Jones, Ashley McNeill, Kristen Shirley, Tiffany Sullivan, Holly Sumner, Cierra Vickers and Ashley Wilson were among over 400 FFA members statewide to be awarded the State FFA Degree at the State Convention.  In order to receive this degree, members must have obtained the Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees and completed two years of high school study in Agricultural Education.  They must also have a Supervised Agricultural Experience project in place and must have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time.  In addition, members must have demonstrated their leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary procedure abilities, given a six minute speech on an agricultural topic and participated in a minimum of five FFA activities above the chapter level.

Randleman competed in the Building Our North Carolina Communities award program.  The BONNC award program recognizes those chapters that plan and implement community service projects that positively impact citizens within their local communities.  An application and portfolio was submitted prior to the convention detailing the chapter’s Operation Harvest Share project followed by a student presentation during the convention for the final phase of judging.  The project produced 3,182 pounds of vegetables and 750 dozen eggs in 2014 on the school’s agriscience land lab and community garden plots, all of which was donated to the economically disadvantaged within the community.   According to a USDA formula, the total food production accounted for a contribution of 3,818 meals.  A total of 425 member/student service hours were conducted by 84 students and FFA members within the program.  After being named the top application for the West Central Region, Randleman received top State honors among all regional winners.      

The Randleman FFA comprises 76 agricultural education students at Randleman High School and the advisor is Mark Walker.   The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of over 20,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with over 230 local chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  Visit www.ncffa.org for more information.  

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