Beiting celebrates two CDE state victories

Ohio Ag Net Student FFA Reporter Liliana Phillips interviews Sydney Beiting of the East Clinton FFA Chapter after she topped Ohio in two Career Development Events this year – Agricultural Communication and Dairy Cattle. She attained the rare achievement of being the top in both teams and individual in both contests.

Two triumphs: Sydney Beiting’s journey through Ohio FFA

By Liliana Phillips, Fairlawn FFA

From discovering the Ohio FFA Dairy Judging Contest her freshman year to winning first place in the state her junior year, East Clinton-Great Oak FFA’s Sydney Beiting has a story that shows exactly how FFA provides opportunities to achieve goals through hard work and a strong support system. 

Beiting did not have a background in dairy but was willing to learn. Through the help of her chapter and advisor, along with some determination and intense studying, Beiting rose from 52nd place to winning the Dairy Cattle Career Development Event, or CDE, competition within 3 years. Beiting also won first place in the Agricultural Communications CDE at the 2024 Ohio FFA Convention.

“Working towards that first place was a really challenging thing for me to do, but I had a big support group through my chapter, and I managed to push through it,” Beiting said. “I was a member of two teams that were successful. One of those teams was Dairy Judging. I was first place individual, first place in oral reasons and our team also won, so we will be going to National Convention in October. And then I was also first place individual in Ag Communications.”

These are two impressive feats, as at least 10,000 members participate in various CDEs, according to the Ohio FFA. Two back-to-back victories like Biting’s are quite rare and unattainable for most. 

Although Beiting said the Dairy Cattle CDE was her favorite, the Agricultural Communications CDE has best prepared her for her career.

“I think FFA provides a lot of leadership opportunities and other things, so I think I’ll use that in the future no matter what I go into,” she said. “I’m also planning on going into ag communications in college and going into a career field in that, so that ag communications experience with the CDE is definitely going to help me.”

By participating in CDEs through FFA, members learn valuable life lessons to carry with them. For Beiting, this was leadership. On top of her achievements in CDEs, she is the 2024-2025 president for her FFA Chapter. Leadership is a large component in FFA whether members are competing in CDEs, participating in community service, organizing chapter events, or going out for officer positions. 

Beiting’s story is one example of many from the 96th Ohio FFA Convention that demonstrated members can accomplish anything they set their mind to through FFA. 

Sydney Beiting, East Clinton-Great Oaks FFA, accepted the first place award in the Ohio Agricultural Communications CDE at the 96th Ohio FFA Convention.

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