David Glass of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter in Ohio was named a national finalist in the Food Science and Technology Proficiency award program in July, 2011. Four finalists competed to be named the national winner during the 84th Nation FFA Convention, October 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. Food Science and Technology is one of the 47 FFA proficiency award categories offered at local, state and national levels. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four students were honored at a luncheon and received a plaque and $500 in a special ceremony during the National FFA Convention.
David was selected for this honor as a result of his research on what happens when various fruits are mixed with gelatin. Specifically, he studied why combining canned pineapple as opposed to fresh pineapple with gelatin will have different results. Glass was inspired into action by a presentation he saw in his high school food science class.
In addition to David’s National Finalist honors, he was also selected from 188 finalists to participate in the National FFA Proficiency Study Tour to Costa Rica this coming June. Thanks to the generosity of the Food Science and Technology Proficiency award sponsors Kraft Foods and the CHS Foundation, David will have the opportunity to visit banana, coffee and pineapple plantations and learn more about the culture of Costa Rica during the ten day tour.
Glass is supported in his work by his parents David and Deana Glass and his FFA advisors Jennifer Johnston and Gary Peters. The Zane Trace FFA Chapter and Agriculture Education department are satellite programs of Pickaway Ross CTC.
Included in photograph Left to Right:
David Glass, Zane Trace FFA
Mr. William Nelson, President of CHS Foundation
Mr. Jeff Manor, Kraft Foods