The Ohio FFA held its Food Science Technology Career Development Event (CDE) last Saturday at the OSU Parker Food Science & Tech Building, and Job Interview CDE preliminaries and finals were held the same day at OSU’s Ag Engineering Building.
Ask Big Walnut High School ag science teacher and FFA adviser Jeff Stimmell and he would tell you that the Big Walnut/DACC FFA Food Science Team and a BW/DACC FFA individual student competing in the Job Interview CDE had a very good weekend.
The BW/DACC food science team placed fourth in the state. Individually, Alex Parsio was 10th, Troy Herrel 19th, Faye Dean 26th, and Ali Carter 39th. Lex Marvin served as the team alternate.
“Our food science team competed in what I thought was one of the toughest competitions I have seen in recent years, and improved their team activity score from a 168/400 last year to a 300/400 this year,” Stimmell said. “All of this was despite having two freshmen and a sophomore on the team, when many other schools’ teams had a majority of upper classmen.”
Stimmell said Gabby Adair placed first in the state for Job Interview CDE and took fifth overall in the state finals when competing against all of the other champions.
“When I was in school, I can remember hearing a group of teachers standing around after this round of contests and talking about ‘School X’ and how they had placed in the top five of two CDEs on the same day,” Stimmell said. “Those programs were always the ones that I looked to as being the best of the best and the cream of the crop. Yesterday, our students made Big Walnut/DACC one of those programs.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093