SUNBURY – Five students in the Big Walnut – DACC Agricultural Science Education program competed in the state Nature Interpretation Career Development Event on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Ohio Exposition Center.
The event was sponsored by Bob’s Tree Farm of Zanesville and Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.
In this event, students participated in a series of hands-on events that simulate real life problems that professionals in the natural resources field would face. Students in this event identified equipment, herptiles, non-woody plants, mammals, and birds. They also completed practicums on stream water quality and invasive species before taking a written test about nature interpretation.
The team placed fourth in the state event, which qualified them to compete in the Environmental & Natural Resources Career Development Event finals. Individually, Faye Dean, Troy Herrel, Ben Kessler, Jon Kessler, and Lexie Kirkpatrick represented the chapter in the event with Herrel taking top honors in the state.
On Friday, April 13, this group traveled to Zane State College in Zanesville, Ohio to participate in the state Environmental & Natural Resources event. This event required students to participate in practicums in water quality, soil evaluation, ecosystem assessment, and GPS positioning and navigation. The students also completed an online general knowledge examination and presented a forum to judges about increasing native bird populations in Ohio. The team placed tenth in the state in this event which was sponsored by Haviland Plastic Products and the CHS Organization.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is composed of 653,359 members belonging to one of 8,568 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Information for this story was provided by Jeffrey Stimmel.