The Woodbury FFA (For the Future of Agriculture) chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury will be sending seven state-winning CDE Judging teams later this fall in October to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY.
The Woodbury FFA members won first place in seven different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, qualifying them to compete nationally this fall in Louisville and compete against the best teams from each state in the country. There are 40 students from the Woodbury chapter who will attend the 88th National FFA Convention as members of these state champion teams and as chapter representatives. Also, 11 of these students are taking part in the National Invitational FFA Quiz Contest during the week-long convention.
The Woodbury FFA Chapter is the only chapter in the nation, out of over 7,900 FFA chapters and over 650,000 FFA members nationwide, to be sending seven teams to national competition from one chapter in the same year.
Also, Rob Losee of Watertown, who recently graduated from Nonnewaug in June, has been named a National Finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award Program. Rob previously was named the state winner for his outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience Project in the area of Nursery Operations. Rob’s work experience project consisted of working at Planter’s Choice Nursery in Watertown for the past four years. Rob is currently attending the University of Connecticut in Storrs majoring in Horticulture.
Rob is one of only four students in the entire country to earn this honor in Nursery Operations. Ryan will also be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky with the Woodbury FFA Chapter to attend the 88th National FFA Convention, and will be interviewed by horticulture industry professionals along with the other three national finalists in his area of Nursery Operations to determine the overall national winner. In recognition of being named a national finalist, Rob will receive a plaque and $300. If he is chosen as the national winner in Indianapolis later this fall, he will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony held during the FFA National FFA Convention.
The state-winning teams that are going to nationals are:
- Dairy Judging Evaluation
- Meats Evaluation
- Food Science
- Agricultural Sales
- Livestock Judging
- Job Interview
The Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Connecticut is one of the largest and most successful Agriscience programs in the state and the Woodbury FFA chapter has a long history of being one of the largest and most successful FFA chapters in the country.