Agriculture students win multiple awards at state FFA Convention

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Cazenovia High School agriculture students brought home an armful of awards from the New York State FFA Convention held May 2, 3 and 4, at Albion High School. In all, 28 students represented Cazenovia at the annual convention, which drew more than 1,300 FFA members, advisers and guests. Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.12.19 AMCazenovia’s award-winning agriculture students The Agricultural Sales team came away with the first-place plaque, with Paige Horan placing first and Tim Hunt earning 10thplace, individually. Also representing the Ag Sales team were Alicia Clarke and Joe Zambito. These students will represent New York in October at the National FFA Convention in Louisville. The Agricultural Communications team placed third, with Alicia Clarke earning the second-place individual spot, Kortney Burdin placing fifth and Brittany Doherty placing seventh. Brittany also took second place in the Senior Creed Speaking competition.In Food Science and Technology, Haley O’Brien placed fifth, and Reed Lucas placed 10th. The two Food Science teams placed fifth and 10th in the state. In Farm Business Management, Easton Young placed sixth and Ryker Smith seventh, with their team placing fourth overall. Easton also placed 10th in Agricultural Mechanics with the two teams placing fourth and seventh out of more than 30 teams. The Floriculture team placed fifth with Kaitlyn Carr placing 10th individually. Kelly Thorn, Cody Westfall, Easton Young and Joe Zambito received their State Empire Degree, which is awarded to a select number of students who complete two years of agricultural education, work more than 450 hours on agriculture projects outside school, earn a net worth exceeding $1,000 and participate in a variety of FFA activities. Cody Westfall also received the District Star in Agribusiness Award. “These students did an awesome job. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and a big thank you to Melissa Beyer and Mr. Hunt who helped chaperone!” said  Cazenovia agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Mandi Millen.

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