More than 20 agricultural teachers, state leaders and college professors from throughout the U.S. recently met in Indianapolis to determine which FFA members and teams will compete for top honors in the 2018 National FFA Agriscience Fair.
From the Felicity-Franklin FFA, seven projects were selected as finalists in their category and division.
Luke Jennings has been named a national finalist this year in the food products and processing category in Division 1 (individual in 7th or 8th grade) with his project about vitamin C.
The team of Alisha Boone & Trinity Evans qualified as national finalists in the plant systems category in Division 2 (team of 7th and 8th graders) with their project about the growth of garden cress.
Kyra Davidson is a national finalist in the environmental services and natural resource systems category in Division 3 (individual in 9th or 10th grade) with her experiment testing how agricultural runoff affects algal growth.
Braden Blackburn and Seth Roehm were named finalists in the category of environmental services and natural resource systems in Division 4 (team of 9th and 10th graders) with their project of desalinating saltwater.
Madison Baird and Reagan Lowe qualified as national finalists in the category of plant systems in Division 4 (team of 9th and 10th graders) with a project seeking to use pepper juice as an insect repellant.
Natalie Brueggemann and Ellie Sharp have been named finalists for the second year in a row in the category of power, structural, and technical systems in Division 4 (team of 9th and 10th graders) with their project about the lifespan of different types of batteries.
Finally, Joey Glassmeyer and Jared Hamilton are finalists for the third time in the category of power, structural, and technical systems in Division 6 (team of 11th and 12th graders) with a project about rust.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture or food science industries and win their state’s FFA agriscience fair.
Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories – animal systems; environmental services/natural resources systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science – in six divisions – individuals in grades 7-8, teams grades 7-8, individuals grades 9-10,teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12, and teams grades 11-12.
First-place winners in each state have qualified for the national pre-qualifying judging. The panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 12 in each category and division to move on to the national competition.