Milford FFA Competes at Eastern States Exposition

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(Back row (left to right): Nancy Wilson, Matt Soden, Trevor Mullane, Clay Shirey, Carry Walls, Cameron Griffith. Middle Row (left to right): Savana Decarlo, Dana Dittoe, Brittany Webb, Danielle Lewis, CJ Long, Brandi Paquette.Front Row (left to right): Morgan Kersey, Carra Molesi, Mikaela Hermstedt, Rochelle Sizemore, and Mike Skivers

Staff Report

The Eastern States Exposition is commonly known as the “Big E”. The annual New England Fair draws FFA members from 15 states from Maine to Virginia and from Ohio to Maine. Each year, FFA members converge on Springfield, Massachusetts to participate in various FFA activities and competitions. These competitions range from job interview and other speaking events to judging poultry, forestry, and dairy foods.

This year was no different. Seventeen Milford FFA members made the 327 mile trip to Springfield to compete at the “Big E”. All students did an excellent job at representing Milford and Delaware during the Career Development Events (CDEs). We had 4 teams competing, Agricultural Mechanics, Poultry, Dairy Foods, and Forestry. In addition, there were 2 individuals who completed in Extemporaneous Speaking and Job Interview CDEs.

The results are as follows: Agricultural Mechanics (Cameron Griffith, Danielle Lewis, and Matt Soden) placed 9th, Dairy Foods (Carra Molesi, Brandi Paquette, Clay Shirey 7th individually, and Carry Walls) placed 4th, Extemporaneous Speaker Trevor Mullane placed 2nd, Forestry (Mikaela Hermstedt, Rochelle Sizemore, Michael Skivers) placed 6th, Job Interview candidate Brittany Webb placed 1st, and Poultry (Savana Decarlo (7th individually), Danna Dittoe (9th individually), Morgan Kersey, Nancy Wilson (3rd individually)) placed 2nd.

Most states send their 1st place state winners to the Big E to tune up for the national competition. The Delaware Agriculture Teacher’s Association voted several years ago to give more FFA members an opportunity to travel for their efforts. Therefore, all second place teams from Delaware travel to the Big E with the exceptions of the speaking contest, who usually consist of the 1st place members.

Milford FFA advisors, Judith Bruns, Scott Haldeman, Jack Newark, and Chris Stahl are very proud of the students participating as they did an excellent job representing Milford and Delaware.

In October, 18 Milford FFA members will travel to Indianapolis and participate in the national activities and competitions at the National FFA Convention.