Three teams of Manor FFA members took home first-place awards in the Pennsylvania FFA State Activities week and Summer Convention, earning them a spot in national competition.
This is the first time since 2012 that Penn Manor has had three teams placing first in the state.
During the competition, the FFA members, all Penn Manor High School students, had to complete general knowledge tests, oral presentations, and problem-solving team exercises.
The Ag Technology and Mechanical Systems Team of Layne Perry, Keith French and Collin Harnish placed first. In the individual competition, Collin placed second, and Layne placed third.
Also earning a state title was the Forestry Team of Weston Shertzer, Brady Breneman, Derek Thomas and Delvin Kneisley. Derek placed second as an individual, and Brady placed third.
Lizzy Strickler and Kenzi Nafziger also participated in the competition.
The third title-winning team was the Poultry Evaluation Team of Sara Gehr, Abby Harnish, Jenna Railing and Emily Railing. Jenna placed second, and Emily placed third in the individual competition.
Rachel Sensenich and Ava Crill also participated.
Three other Manor FFA teams placed in the top ten in the competition, held June 13 to 15 at Penn State University.
The Horse Evaluation Team of Sarah Souhrada, Emily Burkhart, Kassandra Welch and Lyla Walter placed third. Lydiah Nichols and Kylee Hlavaty also participated.
The Livestock Evaluation Team of Kendall Hohenwarter, Brenna Moon, Savannah McCauley, and Chase Vinson placed sixth.
And the Milk Quality and Products Team of Lincoln Stewart, Ethan Todd, Bethany Kramer and Madison Martin placed eighth in the state.
Kenzi Nafziger also participated in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest.
The three first-place teams have earned the honor of representing Pennsylvania at the National FFA Convention and Expo, to be held in Indianapolis November 1 through 4.
Congratulations to these talented students and their agricultural education teachers!