The Smyrna High School FFA Chapter brought home a variety of awards and ribbons after a successful showing at the 98th annual Delaware State Fair, with numerous accolades presented at the Delaware FFA Awards Breakfast this morning, Friday, July 28.

It was another record setting year, as the Smyrna High School FFA Chapter brought home a variety of awards and ribbons after a successful showing at the 98th annual Delaware State Fair, with numerous accolades presented at the Delaware FFA Awards Breakfast this morning, Friday, July 28.

Summer winners and school awards

A variety of individuals and teams were recognized at the Delaware State Fairgrounds for their outstanding performances throughout the summer months leading up to the awards breakfast.

Six members of the Smyrna High School FFA were 1st place winners in the AgriScience Fair competition, which showcased scientific skills and analysis in the areas of agricultural research. These scientific members included: Jessica Bergold, Skylar Campanicki, Abby Conway, Taylor Davis, Heather Fletcher, and Marissa McClenton. Kathryn Emerson also placed second in AgriScience Fair competition. Jessica Bergold and Marissa McClenton were named overall winners of the AgriScience Fair and will represent Delaware in regional competition this Fall.

The Smyrna FFA Agricultural Issues team with their topic, “What’s The Buzz: Why Are Honey Bees Disappearing” placed 1st with team members including: Abby Conway, Ashley Daniels, Heather Fletcher, Addy Simmons, and Delaney Tome. Their forum now qualifies them to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.

Smyrna High School was also able to capture the State Agricultural Mechanics CDE Title with team members: Grant Dinsmore, Nick Lewis, Nathan Metts as they were able to test their knowledge and skills in small engine troubleshooting, land surveying and welding. Their victory also ensures further competition later this year in Indianapolis.

The top honors continued at the Delaware State Fair with Jenna Anderson, Kathryn Emerson, Trey Thompson and Raelyn Wiley obtaining the Horse Evaluation CDE State Championship, after judging six classes of equine, completing a team test and delivering two sets of oral reasons. Individual results included: Jenna Anderson placing 1st, Trey Thompson placing 5th, Kathryn Emerson placing eighth and Raelyn Wiley placing 14th. The Horse CDE was the last opportunity at the State Fair for these members to earn their way to the National FFA Convention in October.

Kaylee Dulin and Jayden Dixon represented Smyrna FFA in the Dairy Showmanship event. The event demonstrated their skills and awareness in the show ring when working with dairy cattle. Dulin placing 2nd and Dixon placing 4th individually guaranteed both members a trip to compete regionally in September at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA to further showcase their animal handling skills.

The Farm Business Management Team placed 1st and qualified for the National FFA Convention, with team members Erin Smallwood, Cassidy Cook, Erica Malloy and George Class-Peters.

Taylor Davis and George Class-Peters drove their way to 6th and 9th place respectively in the Safe Tractor Operation CDE, by operating machinery, tractors along with maneuvering two and four wheel wagons against other statewide competitors in a course designed to test speed, accuracy and safety around obstacles.

The Forestry team of Rebecca Calderon, Taylor Davis, Kasey Euren, and Josh Johnson placed 3rd in team competition held at Brecknock Park in Camden, with individual honors going to Rebecca Calderon for sixth place and Kasey Euren for placing tenth in an event that evaluated tree species, diseases, equipment and land surveying.

Earlier this spring, four members of the chapter placed 2nd as a team in the FFA portion of the Delaware Envirothon competition, earning the chance to compete at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts. These environmental science students included: Jenna Anderson, Jimmy Latavitz, Karla Pagan, and Justin Stafford.

FFA Fair exhibits

The Smyrna FFA Chapter for a record-setting 5th year in a row delivered a blue ribbon performance in the Delaware Agricultural Products Display competition with its “Special Delivery” mail theme. The display constructed by Skylar Campanicki and Taylor Davis will be featured at the National FFA Convention’s Hall of States exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the State Fair, the display was also viewed by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue and Delaware’s U.S. Senators & Congresswoman. The special agricultural visit was arranged by Smyrna Alumni and current Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Michael Scuse.

The Smyrna FFA also exhibited a display in the educational category of Animal science entitled, “Animal Diseases: What’s In Your Barn?” and it received a 3rd place ribbon.

When it came to growing, designing, harvesting or building fair exhibits, there were a number of Smyrna High School FFA members who supplied competitive entries. This year the Smyrna AgriScience Program and its members were able to receive a “fair amount” in judging premiums awarded by the Delaware State Fair.

Premium ribbon winners included:

• Justin Barber- 6th Bundle of Wheat.

• Jessica Bergold- 2nd Soybean Seed and 3rd Yellow Squash.

• Jake Brown- 1st Woodworking and 2nd Plumbing Display.

• Skylar Campanicki- 2nd Small Woodworking.

• George Class-Peters- 1st Medium White Eggs, 2nd FFA Poster, and 5t Large White Eggs.

• Abby Conway- 2nd Electrical Display, 2nd Medium White Eggs, 3rd Biotechnology Poster, and 5th Electrical Lighting.

• Taylor Davis- 1st Electrical Display, 1st Plumbing Display, 4th Soybean Plants, and 5th Bundle of Wheat.

• Tristan Friel- 3rd Large Welding Project.

• Michael McKeown- 5th Large Welding Project.

• Nick Lewis- 2nd Large Welding Project.

• Erin Smallwood- 3rd Flowering Basket, 5th Foliage Basket, 6th Potatoes, and 6th Extra Large Brown Eggs.

• Trey Thompson- 2nd Yellow Onions, 4th Cantaloupe, 6th Banana Peppers, 6th Cabbage, 6th Egg Plant, and 6th White Onions.

• Ryan Wheatley- 1st Grain Silage, 1st Gallon of Oats, 2nd Gallon of Barley, 2nd Corn Silage, 2nd Best Ear of Corn, 2nd Best Five Ears of Corn, 3rd Egg Plant, 3rd Sweet Corn, 4th Corn Stalk, 5th Gallon of Wheat, 5th Gallon of Corn, and 6th Soybean Plants.

Chapter award

The final award received by Smyrna was the National Chapter Award, which is given to the top three agricultural programs in the State and verifies that the chapter completed at least 15 different activities during the school year. The award recognition also provides the Smyrna FFA with the opportunity to be in the national spotlight as two chapter officers will be able to walk across the stage at the National FFA Convention and receive further accolades and be shown on the RFD-TV Network.

The Smyrna FFA Chapter was founded in 1976 and makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education. The chapter is under the direction of FFA Advisors: Keith Shane, Jay Davis, Sarah Bell and Kellie Michaud.