The Jefferson County FFA Chapters competed in the 90th Annual West Virginia FFA Career Development Events on June 18-20 at West Virginia University. Sixty-three members from grades 7 to 12 competed in the judging competitions during the three-day event. There were eighteen different competitions held, covering job skills in everything from food science to mechanics. Each of the county’s six FFA chapters had students participate in the varying competitions.
Charles Town and Wildwood Middle School each participated in the 7th and 8th Grade Agriscience competition and placed sixth and first respectively in the contest. Individually, Wildwood students Nick Chapman placed fourth, Adam Chandler placed second and Earl Hamby placed first overall, while Dylan James from Charles Town was the high individual in the agriculture mechanics section of the competition.
The county’s middle school chapters also dominated the Middle School Division of the Food Science CDE. The team from Shepherdstown Middle School consisting of Robbie Brown (tenth), Christian Anderson (eighth) and Brian Lily (fourth) placed third as a team. Charles Town Middle’s team of Kyle Ballenger (seventh), Nicholas Petrarca (sixth), Dylan James (fifth), Bella McCormick (fourth) placed second in the team rankings. The team from Harpers Ferry Middle School took home top honors in the event; members were Tabitha Mullens (ninth), Hanna Miller (third), Julie Grim (second) and Katie Price (first).
Members from Washington High School competed in four of the CDE contests. The Livestock Evaluation Team of Will Shultz, Erica Heflin, Tori Wolfe and Carey Gabbert placed seventh as a team with Shultz placing sixth individually. Blayne Ott, India Titus, Cindra Armstrong and Tim Hubbard competed in the Veterinary Science event and placed fourth as a team. The fourth place Milk Quality and Products team consisted of Hubbard, Brittany Hite and Lauren Paul, with Hubbard placing fifth individually. Hite and Paul also participated in the Plant Pathology CDE which placed 5th as a team.
Jefferson High School competed in eleven of the events. The chapter’s Agriculture Technology and Mechanical System competitors, Patrick Harrington, Jheri Liskey, James Parker and Wes Weese placed third as a team, with Harrington placing sixth individually. The Agronomy team of Austin Cogle, Ryan Hooe, Brandon McKenzie and Darby Patterson placed eighth. The Entomology Team consisted of Alex Bane, Elizabeth Hayden, Patton LePlatt and Lexie Hensell placed fifth. The Food Science team of Nelson Wolf, Kristian Davis, Emily Foote and Elizabeth Hayden placed second as a team, with Wolf and Foote placing fifth and third respectively. Forestry Team members consisted of Jeremy Creamer, Mac Davis, Alyson Franz and Travis Spurgin. They placed ninth in the event. The Livestock Evaluation team of Michael Burkett, Taylor Corder, Lane Hedge and Carina Petretta placed ninth. The Meats Evaluation and Technology group of Austin Cogle, Darby Patterson and Amanda Smith placed third in the team standings, with individual placings of seventh, eighth and second respectively. The Milk Quality and Products team placed third as well, with Michael Burkett, Taylor Corder, Caroline Hayden and Carina Petretta competing. Hayden came in as the tenth high individual in the competition. Briana Embry, Marissa Hovey, and Amanda Smith competed and placed fourth in the Plant Pathology contest with Hovey placing ninth and Smith placing second. Chapter members Kate Buffington, Chris Brown, Caroline Hayden and George Lewis participated in the Poultry Evaluation contest, placing fourth as a team, with Buffington ranking tenth individually. The Horse Evaluation team of Sara Duncan, Alyson Franz, Kate Buffington, and Darby Patterson placed first as a team, with Duncan and Patterson placing first and third respectively. Through the contest win, the four have earned the privilege to compete in the National FFA Horse Evaluation CDE during National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The Jefferson FFA Chapter also placed third in the CDE Sweepstakes rankings, which ranks chapters based upon the collective number of their six highest placing teams.