The Smyrna Middle School team won first place among middle schools at the Delaware FFA Forestry Career Development Event at Brecknock Park.

Smyrna Middle School’s FFA took first place among middle schools in the 2018 Forestry Career Development Event at Kent County’s Brecknock Park in Camden June 19.

Smyrna finished ahead of Alfred G. Waters Middle School of Middletown, Everett Meredith Middle School of Middletown and Millsboro Middle School.

Smyrna’s high school team placed third in the high school division. Woodbridge took the top spot. Middletown finished second, and Sussex Central placed fourth. Woodbridge now goes on to represent Delaware at the 91st annual FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis in October.

The forestry contest was held under the direction of Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Melvin, who oversaw the competition for her 10th time. This was the first time middle school and high school teams competed in separate events at the same location.

The challenge is designed to measure students’ knowledge in six separate skill areas: identification of trees, forest pests, and diseases; equipment and mapping; timber stand improvement; compass and pacing; board-foot volume estimation and an individual written examination.