Middletown-area high school and middle school teams compete in the Delaware FFA forestry career development event

The Middletown High School FFA took second place at the high school level while two Middletown-area schools also scored well in the middle school competition at the 2018 Delaware Forestry Career Development Event June 19.

For the first time, the 2018 challenge included eight middle and high school teams competing in separate events at the same location.

Woodbridge won the high school contest, followed by Middletown, Smyrna and Sussex Central.

Among middle schools, Smyrna took first place, ahead of Alfred G. Waters Middle School of Middletown, Everett Meredith Middle School of Middletown and Millsboro Middle School.

The event is designed to measure students’ knowledge in six separate skill areas: identification of trees, forest pests and diseases; equipment and mapping; timber stand improvement; compass and pacing; board-foot volume estimation and an individual written examination.

The forestry event was directed by Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Melvin, who oversaw the competition for her 10th time.

FFA is a youth organization dedicated to preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture, driven by the organization’s motto: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

The goal is to prepare students to support and contribute to future sustainability in farming, science, medicine, and business alike. The national FFA organization provides leadership and personal growth opportunities through agricultural education to more than 650,000 student members belonging to 8,500 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.