On June 13-15th, 2017 Littlestown FFA participated in the 88th Pennsylvania State FFA Convention held at University Park, Pennsylvania.
The Littlestown FFA Agronomy Team swept the competition taking 1st place team earning a gold medal and the privilege to participate in the National FFA Convention in October representing the State of Pennsylvania. Team members include: Rebecca Lee, 1st place individual- Gold medalist, Cheyenne Schisler- 4th place individual gold medalist, Danielle Reed- 8th place individual gold medalist, and Priscilla Poole, 21st place bronze medalist. The 2nd place team went to Penn Manor of Lancaster County, 3rd place team went to Apple City FFA from Biglerville, and 4th place went to Battlefield FFA from Gettysburg.
This is the 1st time in Littlestown FFA History to win the Agronomy Career Development Event. The Agronomy CDE consists of a written exam, equipment Identification, Agronomy Guide usage, grain Grading, seed identification, weed and crop identification and a team activity.
The Littlestown’s FFA Forestry team took home the 2nd place team silver medal. By placing 2nd, they will now represent Pennsylvania at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield Massachusetts in September. Members of the team include Jeremiah Koontz, 7th place bronze medalist, Jason Penton 8th place bronze medalist, Billy Brown, and Josh Kehne. Students in the forestry Career Development Event had to take a written exam, participate in an interview, identify forestry tools, identify trees, measure trees, and participate in a team activity.
The FFA is the largest student run organization in the nation with over 650,000 students from fifty states. It was started in 1928 and was called the “Future Farmers of America”. In 1988, it changed its name to the “The National FFA Organization”. The letters “FFA” no longer stand for Future Farmers of America. The reason for this change was because The National FFA Organization is teaching students about all forms of agriculture…not just farming. Many careers students are learning about include Food Science, Vet. Science, Forestry, Mechanics, Agriculture Sales and Marketing, and Landscaping to name a few.