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Posted on 08/13/2019
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With a growing United States population and lack of additional farmland, as well as an unpredictable climate, experts believe traditional farming needs an overhaul. 


Unlike agriculture classes of the past, that focused on cows, pigs and traditional farming practices, students in FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, programs are learning and exploring modern agriculture methodologies. FFA students live by the motto “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve,” to guide them through the various avenues available in the program.


Orange County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education provides opportunities for students grades 6-12 to explore the various avenues within FFA that build leadership and career and personal growth through agriculture education. The career development events competitions expand students’ classroom knowledge by assessing an individual or team’s application in a multitude of categories. 


Proving these programs are successful, students and teams throughout the district earned a variety of awards from the Nation and State FFA organizations.


Check out all these Career Development Events winners:

Bridgewater MS FFA

Horse Evaluation State Champions - team members: Madison Charron (the State high scorer), Madison Strain, Peyton Calloway and Karla Snyder


Colonial HS FFA 

  • Food Science CDE team State Champion and earned fourth place in the nation - team members: Camile Mason (who was also fourth highest scorer in the nation), Elenna Vias, Sophia Vasconez and Emily May
  • Agriculture Mechanics Award State Champion - Brandon Banks
  • Vegetable Evaluation State Champions - team members:  Siena Gonzalez (the state high scorer), Gabriel Gonzalez, Camile Mason and Iverson Alfaro
  • Aquaculture State High Scorer - Adriel Diaz
  • Environmental Science State High Scorer - Myzell Amaro
  • Veterinary Science State High Scorer - Carmen Burner
  • Small Animal Production & Care Award State Finalist - Elenna Vias
  • FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development team national representative


East River HS FFA

  • Meats Evaluation State High Scorer - Bailey Lavender
  • State Courtesy Corps


Ocoee HS FFA

State Cooperative Award Winner


Piedmont Lakes MS FFA

Alumni Essay Award Winner - McKenzie Eckart


SunRidge MS FFA  

  • Opening & Closing Ceremonies State Champions - team members: Sarah Redditt, Sean Lewis, Adrianna Loper, Angela Pardo, Chloe Bauer, Melanie Smith and Kamryn Poole
  • Agriscience Fair, Social Systems Division -  team members: Payton Moore and Raquel Colby. This team also earned the national championship.

 

Windermere HS FFA 

  • Agriscience Fair, Environmental Sciences Division - team members: Alex Reyes and Melody Raynor. This team also placed fifth in the nation
  • State Courtesy Corps

 

Wolf Lake MS FFA

Livestock Evaluation State High Scorer - Garrett Hebert 


These five FFA chapters received a  top FFA chapter on the national level:  

  • Colonial HS FFA 
  • East River HS FFA
  • Ocoee HS FFA
  • University Senior FFA 
  • University Junior FFA, which also earned a national finalist award in the national premier chapter program.

 

The following FFA chapters and members earned state and national achievements in areas other than career development events.  

SunRidge MS FFA - Agriscience Fair National Champions

Windermere HS FFA - Agriscience Fair Fifth in Nation

Colonial HS FFA - 3 Star National Chapter Award

Apopka HS FFA - 2 Star National FFA Chapter Award

Ocoee HS FFA - 2 Star National FFA Chapter Award

University Sr. FFA - 2 Star National FFA Chapter Award

University Jr. FFA - 1 Star National FFA Chapter Award

University HS FFA - Fresh from Florida Advocacy Award- Fourth in State

Ocoee HS FFA - State Cooperative Award Winner

Colonial HS FFA - State Proficiency Award Winners: Brandon Banks & Luis Borges

 

The following middle schools earned second through fifth place in the state career development evaluations:

Bridgewater MS FFA - Second place in State Floriculture

Bridgewater MS FFA - Fourth place in State Vegetable Evaluation Ocoee MS FFA - Fourth place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Piedmont Lakes MS FFA - Fifth place in State Citrus Evaluation

Piedmont Lakes MS FFA - Fifth place in State Land Judging

SunRidge MS FFA - Second place in State Agriscience Fair:  Plant Systems Division

SunRidge MS FFA - Second place in State Food Science

SunRidge MS FFA - Third place in State Agriscience Fair:  Animal Systems Division

SunRidge MS FFA - Fourth place in State OH Demonstration- Marketing

SunRidge MS FFA - Fourth place in State OH Demonstration- Landscaping 

SunRidge MS FFA - Fifth place in State Forestry

SunRidge MS FFA - Fifth place in State OH Demonstration- Production

 

The following high schools earned second through fifth place in the state career development evaluations:

Apopka HS FFA - Third place in State Floriculture

Colonial HS FFA - Second place in Agriculture Education

Colonial HS FFA - Second place in State Nursery and Landscape

Colonial HS FFA - Second place in State Environmental Science

Colonial HS FFA - Second place in State Aquaculture

Colonial HS FFA -  Second place in State Safe Tractor Operations and Maintenance

Colonial HS FFA - Third place in State Employment Skills

Colonial HS FFA - Third place in State Forestry

Colonial HS FFA - Third place in State Agriculture Sales

Colonial HS FFA - Fourth place in State Land Evaluation

East River HS FFA -  Second place in State Meats Evaluation

East River HS FFA - Fourth place in State Livestock Evaluation

Ocoee HS FFA - Fourth place in State Environmental Science

Ocoee HS FFA - Fourth place in State Vegetable Judging

University HS FFA - Fourth place in State Meats Evaluation Wekiva HS FFS - Fourth place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Windermere HS FFA - Fourth place in State Aquaculture