Ten Felicity FFA members traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts on September 13 to compete in three areas against teams from 19 other states in the eastern region. The Big E hosts many career development events, or CDEs, for FFA members who have placed second in their state competition, as well as a regional agriscience fair for some of the national finalists. Felicity FFA sent two CDE teams and one team of agriscience finalists to the Big E this year.
For the first time, Felicity FFA sent a poultry management team to compete against nineteen other states. The poultry team judged live hens, eggs, carcasses, further processed products, and gave oral reasons as well as completed a team activity. Felicity’s team took first, with individuals Madison Baird, Ellie Sharp, Kaitlyn Sharp, and Mallory Taulbee placing first, third, fifth, and eighth respectively.
With another first for the chapter, Felicity FFA sent a food science and technology team. In the food science CDE, FFA members identified aromas, participated in a triangle test, answered mathematical problems, identified problems in consumer inquiry letters, recognized issues in eight different scenarios, and developed and presented a new food product. Joey Glassmeyer placed first, Bailey Lowe placed second, Luke Jennings placed third, and Trinity Evans placed fifth individually.
The Felicity-Franklin FFA chapter also took an agriscience team who has qualified to compete in the national agriscience fair. Braden Blackburn and Seth Roehm placed second in the competition against members from all categories and divisions with a gold rating. Their project investigated the desalination opportunities to help combat the fresh water issues across the globe.
While at the Big E, Felicity FFA members also explored the entire exposition, saw livestock shows, met a national officer, and visited the Springfield Armory and the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Caption: From left to right: Big E competitors from Felicity included Luke Jennings, Seth Roehm, Kaitlyn Sharp, Madison Baird, Trinity Evans, Mallory Taulbee, Ellie Sharp, Bailey Lowe, Braden Blackburn, and Joey Glassmeyer.