Middletown's team will now represent Delaware at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky that begins on Oct. 29.
Middletown High School FFA students won the 2014 Delaware FFA Forestry Career Development Event, a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry tools and knowledge, and math-related abilities.
The event was held June 25 at Brecknock Park in Camden, according to a press release from the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.
Middletown will now represent Delaware at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky that begins on Oct. 29.
Sussex Central High School’s FFA team placed second.
Each team consisted of four students who answered both individual and team-based questions.
The forestry event was held under the direction of Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Peebles. This year’s challenge was designed to measure students’ knowledge in six separate skill areas: tree identification, equipment and troubleshooting, timber stand improvement, compass and pacing, board-foot volume estimation, and an individual written examination.
According to the FFA, career development events like the forestry challenge help students “develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.” There are 24 CDEs, covering job skills in areas ranging from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.
Established in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, FFA as it is now known is one of the largest youth groups in the United States, with over 550,000 members throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. FFA is also the largest of the career and technical student organizations in U.S. schools.