Members of the Storrs Regional FFA Chapter in Connecticut were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Tech. and Mech. Systems Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY. The team, led by advisor Jim Pomeroy, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 160 other participants. Patrick Clarke received a Silver emblem, Benjamin Garrison received a Silver, Benjamin Conklin received a Gold emblem, for placing 7th individual overall and received a check for $700 and a free welder and Mitchell Sanchez received a Bronze emblem.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The National FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Activities included in the event are a written exam, a team event, demonstration of problem-solving skills, and hands-on performance activities.
Areas of emphasis include environmental and natural resource systems, machinery and equipment systems, structural systems, energy systems and electrical systems. Each team in the event has competed with other chapters in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event. The event, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.
Members of the Storrs Regional FFA Chapter also participated in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event (CDE). The team, led by advisor Andrew Zadora, was awarded a Gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 150 other participants. Katelynn Hayes received a Silver emblem, Nicholas Cranmer received a Silver emblem, Zayne Olsen received a Gold emblem and Nicholas Vertefeuille received a Gold emblem for placing 3rd overall and received an $800 check.
The National FFA Forestry CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills and knowledge in the area of forest management. Event components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree identification, timber cruising, tree/forest disorders identification, a chainsaw practicum, forestry issues interview and a team activity.
This event, held at Bernheim Forest in Clermont, KY is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.