The Woodbury FFA chapter located at Nonnewaug High School recently sent 52 students and graduates to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. During the past school year, the Woodbury FFA members won first place in 11 different state FFA judging contests, an accomplishment that earned them the opportunity to represent the chapter and the state at the national competition. The Woodbury Chapter is the only chapter in the nation, out of more than 7,300 FFA chapters and 620,000 FFA members nationwide, to send 11 teams to national competition from one chapter in the same year.
The Woodbury FFA chapter came home from Kentucky with outstanding results against the nation’s most talented students and teams.
The Floriculture Team placed 5th in the country and received a gold medal. Team member Jessica Patrick placed 4th individually and received a $1,000 scholarship. Team members Nicolette Malfitano and Iris Stumpf received gold medals as well.
The Veterinary Science Team placed 9th in the country and received a gold medal. Team member Alexa Casablanca placed 10th individually, earning a gold medal and an $400 scholarship. Amber Beliveau and Rebecca Reznak also earned gold medals for Veterinary Science.
The Food Science Team placed 10th in the country and received a gold medal. Team member Zordan Zitnay placed 5th individually earning a $500 scholarship. Team members Taylor Duplissie, Hannah O’Brien and Shelby Jaffe earned gold medals.
The Horse Judging Team placed 14th in the country and received a gold medal, with team members Molly Henion and Liz Maddox receiving gold medals.
Other individual gold medal winners included Dave Jellen and Jon O’Neill for Dairy Judging and Kristina Wells for Farm Business Management.
The chapter’s Farm Business Management Team, the Parliamentary Procedure team, the Milk Quality and Products Team, the Meats
Evaluation team, the Dairy Judging Team and the Dairy Handler all received Silver Team medals.
Individuals on all of these teams earned a total of 15 National gold medals, 18 silver medals, and six bronze medals for the Woodbury FFA Chapter during the weeklong convention, which was attended by more than 62,000 FFA members from across the country.
The Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School is the state’s largest and most comprehensive Agriscience program with more than 340 students enrolled in the program. Students are able to explore careers in floriculture, landscaping, conservation, ag production, ag mechanics, horse management, local food production, aquaculture and veterinary science curricular areas, as well as develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through involvement in the Woodbury FFA chapter.
For more information, please call Bill Davenport, at 203-266-4038.