By Abby Paxton, Utica FFA 2019-2020 Reporter
FFA CDE, Job Interview
Before traveling to the Sub District Job Interview, the participating members had to prepare by creating a resume and a cover letter. On November 7, the participates went to the competition at Johnstown High school. The members were Hadley Ramirez-George, Lindsey Gray, and Rachel Dickson. At the competition they created on application for the desired job, they were interviewed by a judge for the job, and had a follow up call after that. At Sub Districts, Hadley placed 1st, Lindsey 1st, and Rachel 2nd in their age groups. After that they members had a moment to edit the resume and cover letter, then on the 18th of November they traveled to Districts at Licking Valley High School and competed. The participated in the same parts and were scored. A few days later the placing were announced, Hadley placed 2nd, Lindsey 4th, and Rachel 4th. All our participating members had an awesome time and we are proud of their amazing work!
On November 29th, 8 Utica FFA members loaded up to head to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 92nd National FFA Convention. Before we headed out, Utica High School Students and Staff sent off Abby Paxton, as one of our two competitors in the National FFA Agriscience Fair. Our other competitor was graduate Trina Orr. To compete at Nationals you have to win first place at your state convention, which they both did. Then, they get a couple of months to critic their report and then submit it to Nationals. Twelve students are chosen to compete at nationals, from all across the nation. Both Abby and Trina were chosen in their age group to compete. The trip started out with traveling to Cincinnati to tour Jungle Jim’s International Grocery store. On Wednesday, both girls participated in an interview. During the interview, the girls had to talk to three judges and explain everything about their project in 20mins. After the judging, everyone got to spend time exploring the convention center and attending session. On Thursday, Abby and Trina attended a luncheon for all Agriscience Fair Finalists and found out if they were top three in their age group and category. We found out that Trina and Abby were not top 3 but learned later that Abby placed 8th with a silver rating and Trina Orr placed 8th with a gold rating. While at convention, we also attended the World’s Toughest Rodeo. Our convention trip ended with watching Utica’s graduates, Josh Dickson and Courtney Smith earn the highest degree in FFA, the American Degree. The members that went had an amazing time at the National Convention and we are so happy for Abby and Trina for being in the top 10 in our Nation!
OSU Hockey Game Trip
On October 18th, members from the Utica FFA Chapter, both middle school and high school traveled to Value City Arena in Columbus. There they watched the OSU Men’s Hockey team play Omaha. This was a special night that OSU set up for Ohio FFA members to attend the hockey game, so lots of other FFA members were in attendance. The OSU team won 3-2! Everyone had a great time at the game and enjoyed all of the experiences that an OSU Hockey Game has to offer.
State Soils Article
The Utica FFA Soil Team was beyond excited when they got placed high enough in the district 7 soils CDE to compete at State Soils. On Saturday October 12th, four members of the Utica FFA Soils Team traveled to State Soils to compete. The four students that went were Amanda Annett, Emily Hill, Kenneth Davenport, and Abby Paxton. They competed in several competitions including pit judging; where they look at landforms, texture, and structure of the soil. The competition also included a general soil knowledge test and a land survey test. They were very anxious and nervous to find out the results after the competition. When the results were posted the team placed 30th out of 50. The individual scores were Amanda Annett 63rd, Kenneth Davenport 95th, Emily Hill 131st, and Abby Paxton 140th. This was the first time in a long time that our team made it to state.