EXETER - Members of the Seacoast School of Technology (SST) FFA Chapter recently traveled to Louisville, KY, to compete in the 86th National FFA Convention. The convention drew over 60,000 FFA members from across the country to compete in 22 career development events, making it the largest gathering of high school students in the world.
The national convention attendees, who are students in Anne DeMarco’s Animal & Plant Science program at the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, earned the privilege of representing New Hampshire at the national level based upon their performance in last spring’s state competition.
SST’s attendees were Heather Berlo ‘13, Castine Bernardy, Brian Berridge ‘13, Catherine Bilodeau, Manuel Catala, Miguel Catala, Karolina Gilmore ‘13, Zoe Picanso ‘13, Dylan Sullivan ‘13 and Miranda Toland of Exeter High School, Katelyn Ahearn ‘13 from GBECS, Lucienne Dubois ‘13 from Newmarket High School, Sabrina Vail from Raymond High School, and Alexa Chase ‘13, Courtney Schrempf and William Trautmann ‘13 from Sanborn Regional High School.
SST’s representatives competed in seven different career development events including Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Sales, Dairy Cattle Handling, Horse Evaluation, Job Interview, Marketing Plan and Prepared Public Speaking. Catherine Bilodeau and Miguel Catala each brought home Silver Emblems for their work in Agricultural Communication, Alexa Chase and Karolina Gilmore earned Silver Emblems for their work in Agricultural Sales, Heather Berlo earned a Silver Emblem in Dairy Cattle Handling, and Dylan Sullivan earned silver in the Job Interview event. All other SST students and teams earned bronze emblems for their efforts.
The National FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 557,318 members, all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The FFA Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing leadership, fostering personal growth, and encouraging career success through agricultural education.