Several Penn Manor agricultural education students placed among the top third in several categories in the FFA Eastern Fall Regional Competition, held November 15 at Lebanon Valley Exposition Center and Fairgrounds.
The students, all members of Manor FFA, were competing against other FFA members from Lancaster, Lebanon, Chester, Cumberland, Berks, Schuylkill and Philadelphia Counties.
In the milk quality and products competition, Manor FFA member Bethany Kramer placed 3rd of 30 competitors in Lancaster County and 15th of 78 competitors overall. Lincoln Stewart placed 8th in the county and 25th overall, Kayla Wasche placed 11th and 29th, and Ethan Tod placed 25th and 62nd.
Competitors had to identify different types of cheeses, milk products and fat percentages; complete a 50-point general knowledge test based on questions pertaining to the dairy products industry; and complete problem-solving exercises.
In the horse evaluation competition, Manor FFA member Lyla Walter placed 13 of 41 participants from Lancaster County and 33rd of 126 participants overall. Sarah Souhrada placed 20th in the county and 55th overall, Lydiah Nichols placed 32nd and 95th, and Emily Burkhart placed 37th and 108th.
Students had to complete a general knowledge test, identify different tools and equipment, and judge different types of horse management.
In the forestry competition, Dereck Thomas placed 3rd of 28 competitors in the county and 4th of 53 overall. Kenzi Nafziger placed 5th in the county and 10th overall; Brady Brenneman placed 6th and 11th, Emma McComsey placed 10th and 19th, and Elisabeth Strickler placed 14th and 24th.
The competition included tree, cross section and tool identification questions; a written general knowledge test; and a forestry management skills test.
Two Manor FFA students – Ceejay Rettew and Benjamin Thomas – participated in the employment skills leadership development event. Ceejay placed 3rd of seven competitors in the county and 8th of 19 overall. Benjamin placed 4th and 11th.
The students were judged on how well they wrote a resume and cover letter and completed a job application. They also had to perform interviews over the phone and in person.
Congratulations to these students.