Recently, members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter participated in various career development events. These events are designed to help students learn skills related to careers in the field of agriculture, natural resources and food science while having fun in a competition setting. The three events that Zane Trace students entered during the month of February included: Ag Sales, Agriculture and Industrial Diagnostics and Food Science.
The Ag Sales team consisted of Senior Audrey Hoey and Freshmen Emily McCain, Bobby Orr and Jacob Boggioni. Each member designed a product related to agriculture and created a sales plan for that product. During the contest held on February 5th each member completed a sales presentation to a judge and answered questions about their product. They also participated in a practicum over customer relations and an online test over agriculture sales topics and tactics. The team placed 10th in District 7.
Ag and Industrial Diagnostics Systems
The Agriculture and Industrial Diagnostics Systems team consisted of Junior Micah Cox and Freshman Kevin Daubenmire. The pair traveled to Franklin Equipment of Carroll on the morning of February 9th to test their skills in the field of equipment troubleshooting and maintenance. During the contest the team was responsible for safely identifying and repairing common mechanical issues found in agricultural equipment on eight pieces of machinery. In addition to the team activity, each member individually answered questions about equipment safety and repair in an online test. This year’s team placed 8th in the District 7 contest.
On Saturday, February 16th, the Food Science and Technology team of Beau Bilek, Eva Bugg, Kassandra Dalton and Jessie Proehl traveled to The Ohio State University to participate in the Ohio FFA State Contest. The team earned the opportunity to compete at the State level by placing first in the District 7 contest held in November. During the competition, students were tested individually in their ability to identify common food safety violations, recognize aromas used in food production and differentiate between food samples to determine taste variations. The students also worked as a team to develop a new food product for market. Prior to the contest, students had completed an online exam over topics related to food science and technology. After all of the results were calculated, the team placed 6th in the state out of 20 participating teams. Junior Kassandra Dalton led the team by placing 4th out of 80 individuals. The four participating students learned a great deal about the food processing and production industry through their participation in this contest. They also had the opportunity through the contest to learn that Ohio State’s department of Food Science was recently ranked the top program in the country and that their graduates are currently enjoying a high rate of placement in food science careers. All four students enjoyed their day at the contest and the three returning students hope to qualify for the state contest again next year.
The Zane Trace FFA Chapter is a satellite program of the Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center.