Keystone Degree Recipients
of the Derry FFA Chapter are congratulated by Agriculture Secretary Russell
Redding and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera at the 87th Mid-Winter Convention,
Monday, Jan. 11, during the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show. The Keystone Degree
is the highest award in the state that FFA members can earn. Pictured:
front row-Sierra Shearer, Micaela Reed, Amia Martin, Krista Heffelfinger.
Second row-Redding, Arlyn Smith, Aysha Scarton, Katie Perratone, Jessica
LOUISVILLE- Members of the Derry FFA Chapter in Pennsylvania were one
of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career
Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th
National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor
Roy Campbell, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual
awards with 147 other participants. Jessica Barnhart received a Silver emblem,
Arlyn Smith received a Silver emblem, Philip Winklosky received a Silver
emblem, and Amia Martin received a Bronze emblem.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash
awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the event
are sponsored by Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation, Kubota Tractor
Corporation and STIHL Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation
and the National FFA Organization.
The National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive event in which FFA
members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping.
Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural
principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape
design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums
involving a landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification
of plants, disorders and equipment. Each team competed on local and state
levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA
Convention & Expo.
This event, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., is one
of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members
apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367
student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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. The National
FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United
States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in
agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set
direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education
programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.ffa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the
official National FFA Organization blog.
Elizabeth Winklosky, a 2014 Derry Area High
School Graduate, is serving as Pennsylvania State Future Farmers of America
Treasurer. Her term of office is from June, 2015 to June, 2016.
A Derry Area High School FFA Landscaping Team
has been chosen as a winner in the 2015 Youth Awards Contest sponsored by the
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. The group will
receive a cash prize of $500.00 and a framed certificate. Their project
was the landscaping of the Veterans Memorial located on the Derry Area Campus.
Pictured are Vince DeCario (Chairman, Derry
Township Supervisors), DAHS Landscaping Team.