The 86th annual Pennsylvania State FFA convention was held at University Park, Pennsylvania on June 16-18th, 2015. Over 1,400 FFA students from across the state participated in 30 Career Development Events (C.D.E’s) or competitions. Littlestown FFA chapter took two teams to compete in the Forestry C.D.E. as well as the Environmental and Natural Resource C.D.E.
In the Forestry CDE, Littlestown team placed 1st overall besting seven other teams. The Forestry CDE consisted of a written exam, tool identification, a team activity, tree identification, tree measuring, and chain saw parts exam. Team members included Cheyenne Ward, a junior, placed 3rd overall as an individual earning a gold metal. Rebecca Lee, a junior, placed 4th overall, also earning a gold medal. Brandon Spangenberg, sophomore, placed 7th and won a silver medal. Jenna Matthews, a junior, placed 17th as an individual. There were 45 students from 13 schools participating. The Littlestown Forestry team earned $1,000 toward their trip to participate in the National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky in October.
The Littlestown Environmental and Natural Resource team also placed 1st overall out of the ten competing teams. For this competition, two students compete in Wildlife C.D.E. and two students participate in the Aquatics C.D.E. Then the four students together complete a team activity together. Their scores between the three areas are added together for a team score.
Jacob Crawmer, recent graduate, placed 4th in the Aquatics CDE and earned a gold medal. Nick Strausbaugh, also a recent graduate, placed 10th and earned a bronze medal in the Aquatics C.D.E.. The Aquatic C.D.E. consisted of a written exam, fish ID, plant ID, water quality testing, macroinvertebrete I.D. and aquatic tool I.D. There were 43 students in the Aquatics competition.
In the Wildlife C.D.E., Kaitylnn Batemen, also was a recent graduate, placed 5th as an individual out of the 109 students in the competition earning a gold medal. Hannah Leppo, a junior, placed 19th, earning a silver medal. The Wildlife competition consists of a written exam, bird identification, mammal identification, bird call identification, wildlife food identification, and track and skull identification.
These two teams add to the recent success of Littlestown FFA history. Littlestown has now won five state winning teams in the past eight years. This is the first time in Littlestown FFA history to win two state competitions in the same year. Jacob Crawmer and Kaitlynn Bateman became the first two individuals in Littlestown’s history to win two different state competitions during their four years of high school. They were part of the winning Forestry C.D.E. team in 2012 and now the Environmental and Natural Resource CDE in 2015.