By Judith Bruns
Seventeen members of the Milford Central Academy FFA chapter attended the Delaware State FFA Convention on March 9th at Delaware State University. Members attended this conference to compete in state-wide competitions, volunteer with the Delaware FFA Association, as well as attend leadership workshops presented by Piper Merritt, the 2017-18 National FFA Central Region Vice President and serve as members of the Delaware FFA Courtesy Corps.
On Monday, March 26th, students were invited to attend the awards ceremony at Caesar Rodney High School where the following results were announced. Milford Central Academy received a trophy and certificate for having the first place Chapter Scrapbook in the Middle School division, with a score of 93 out of a possible 100 points.
The MCA FFA Officer team placed first in their Opening and Closing Ceremonies Leadership Development Event. This event requires six officers to be judged on their ability to recite the FFA Opening and Closing ceremonies as a team. Members included chapter President Hannah Haigh, Vice President Savannah Kincade, Secretary Emma Simpson, Treasurer Tyler Knotts, Reporter Anya Phillips, and Sentinel Matthew Sacks.
The MCA was proud of Lila Holland, a sixth grade FFA member who placed 2nd out of seven middle school FFA members in Junior Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event with her speech entitled, Should Ethanol Have a Future?. Eighth grade member and chapter President Hannah Haigh placed 4th out of nine FFA members state wide in the Junior Extemporaneous Public Speaking Leadership Development Event. This event requires students to select a topic at the competition, and are then given thirty minutes to prepare a three to five minute speech on that agricultural topic.
The MCA FFA Food Science Team made up of Tatelyn Chisenhall, Braden Parkhurst, Caitlyn Walls, and Matthew Winkleblech finished in third place, out of six middle school teams in the state. Individually Caitlyn Walls finished 7th and Matthew Winkleblech finished 8th in the state. Members in this Career Development Event must identify different aromas used in the commercial food industry, be able to successfully complete a triangle test where they have to identify the one food item that is different from the other two, take a comprehensive knowledge test about food science, and look at photos from the food science industry, identify any food safety violations in those pictures, and then give recommendations on how to correct those violations.
The four members of the MCA FFA Floriculture team, Adalia McCann, Tyler Payne, Emma Simpson, and Tyler Smith finished in 5th place in the state, out of six middle school teams. Emma Simpson received a bronze pin for finishing in 3rd place individually in the state, and Tyler Smith was recognized for finishing 4th place individually in the state. Members of this Career Development Event each make a corsage out of materials supplied to them, identify plant materials and supplies common in the Floriculture industry, and work as a team to construct a centerpiece arrangement. The team would like to thank Mrs. Joan Simpson and Beaver Branch Florist for their help in learning how to construct their centerpiece.
Three MCA FFA members volunteered as Courtesy Corps for the State Convention. These students worked closely with State Staff to help get FFA members registered for different events around the Delaware State University Campus on the day of Convention. Those students were Brandon DiSaia, Veronika Moore, and Reed Vezmar.
For a young chapter, this is only the third Delaware State FFA Convention that they have competed in, these students did an excellent job representing the Milford Central Academy and Milford School District. Their FFA Advisor, Mrs. Judith Bruns, is very proud of each and every FFA member who participated.
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