The Smyrna High School FFA Chapter brought home a variety of awards and ribbons including the first place National Chapter Award at the Delaware FFA Awards Breakfast Friday at the State Fair in Harrington.

The Smyrna High School FFA Chapter brought home a variety of awards and ribbons including the first place National Chapter Award at the Delaware FFA Awards Breakfast Friday at the State Fair in Harrington.

The chapter consists of 457 agricultural education students under the direction of FFA advisors Keith Shane, Jay Davis, Sarah Bell and Kellie Michaud.

AgriScience Fair winners

Seven members of the Smyrna High School FFA won first place in the AgriScience Fair, which showcased scientific skills and analysis in the areas of agricultural research. Abby Conway, Ashley Daniels, Kathryn Emerson, Heather Fletcher, Marissa McClenton, Karla Pagan and Delaney Tome all won top prizes, while Emerson was named the overall winner in social systems and food systems. She will represent Delaware in regional competition at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts.

First place agricultural issues team

The Smyrna FFA Agricultural Issues team won first place with their topic, “Water The Odds – How is water quality impacting Delaware & Agriculture?” Team members included D’Mario Cooper, Autumn Legar, Macie Littleton, Tessa Smith and Raelyn Wiley. They qualified to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.

Prior to their competition, the Ag Issues team presented five community forums to the Smyrna-Clayton Holly’s Club, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Kent Conservation District NRCS & FSA Offices, the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Smyrna-Clayton Rotary Club.

More top performances

Smyrna High placed second in the Agricultural Mechanics career development event (CDE) with team members Layne Bell, Aiden Pepta, Logan Strauss and Gabe West. They tested their knowledge and skills in small engine troubleshooting, electrical wiring, land surveying and welding, and qualified for the Eastern States Exposition.

Kaylee Dulin represented Smyrna FFA in the Dairy Showmanship event, demonstrating her skills and awareness working with dairy cattle in the show ring. She placed second individually to qualify for the Eastern States Exposition.

The Forestry Team of Rebecca Calderon, Skylar Campanicki, Taylor Davis and Kassey Euren finished third in team competition held at Brecknock Park in Camden, with individual honors going to Rebecca Calderon for third place and Kassey Euren for placing 10th in an event that evaluated tree species, diseases, equipment and land surveying.

The Farm Business Management Team consisting of Skylar Campanicki, Kendra Mounts, Cassidy Niederland and Aimmee Rink placed third as a team earlier in the year by demonstrating their financial knowledge associated with economic principles and agricultural recordkeeping.

Smyrna’s Livestock Evaluation Team placed fourth with members Abby Conway, Ashley Daniels, Heather Fletcher and Delaney Tome. This competition allows members to judge large farm animals, as well as cooperatively classify livestock as “keep” or “cull” for market and breeding purposes based on physical characteristics and records.

In the Safe Tractor Operation CDE, Chris Marr placed sixth and Taylor Davis ninth by operating machinery and tractors while maneuvering two and four-wheel wagons in a course designed to test speed, accuracy and safety around obstacles.

Lee Humbertson placed fifth individually in the Horse Evaluation CDE and her team placed fifth as well, with fellow members Marissa McClenton, Kendra Mounts and Paola Pagan. The event consisted of judging six classes of equine, completing a team test and delivering two sets of oral reasons.

The Smyrna FFA Chapter featured two fine chapter displays in the FFA Centre that were crafted by members Rebecca Calderon, Skylar Campanicki, Taylor Davis, and Chris Marr. The Delaware Agricultural Products Display competition with its “bank” theme placed third, and the educational display category of biotechnology display entitled, “Biotech: Fuel & Go” received a fifth place ribbon.

Individual exhibit awards

In other State Fair exhibits, the following Smyrna High FFA members won awards:

Parker Boots – sixth in Plant Poster.

Skylar Campanicki – first in Concrete Model, third in Small Interior Woodworking, third in Flowering Hanging Basket, fourth in Banana Peppers and sixth in Tool Box Construction.

Ashley Daniels – first in Plant Science Poster and fourth in Medium White Eggs.

Taylor Davis – second in Electrical Display, third in Plumbing Display and third in Concrete Model.

Josh Johnson – fourth in Concrete Model, fourth in Electrical Display and fifth in Plumbing Display.

Zane Kerr – second in Cabbage, second in Cantaloupe, fourth in Market Cucumbers and fifth in Long Cucumbers.

Brynn Rifino – first in Large Exterior Woodworking, second in Concrete Model, second in Plant Science Poster, fourth in Biotechnology Poster, fourth in Medium Exterior Woodworking, fourth in Plumbing Display and sixth in Small Exterior Woodworking.

Tessa Smith – first in Cabbage, second in Banana Peppers and fourth in Cantaloupe.

Aaliyah Street – first in Silk Flower Arrangement, second in Silk Centerpiece, third in Container Garden and fifth in Pickling Cucumbers.

Delaney Tome – first in Extra Large White Eggs, fifth in Red Tomatoes and sixth in Extra Large Brown Eggs.

Raelyn Wiley – first in Radishes, third in Cabbage, third in Watermelon and third in Eggplant.


The Delaware FFA Foundation presented $1,000 scholarships to four Smyrna High School graduates: Gabby DiRusso, George Class-Peters, Jr., Allison Wheatley and Ryan Wheatley.