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Signal Knob Middle School FFA named best in Virginia


The Signal Knob Middle School Future Farmers of America program has announced it had one of the best years ever at last week's Virginia State FFA Convention at Virginia Tech.

Signal Knob Middle FFA was selected as the top middle school FFA chapter in Virginia and the top overall chapter in Virginia in the star chapter contest, beating all high schools and other middle schools in Virginia.

After an extensive application process and a year full of activities, the chapter was awarded with the following:

Northern Area Winner Chapter Development
Northern Area Winner Student Development
Northern Area Winner Community Development
State Winner Community Development
State Winner Chapter Development
Gold Superior Chapter Rating
Gold Public Relations Award Winner
100% Membership Award
Gold National Chapter Award

Team overall rankings have not yet been released, but the following individual Career Development Event team awards were presented:

The Small Animal Care Team consisted of Brooke Galvin, Abbey Rinker, Savannah Keaton and Callie Stead. Both Callie and Abbey earned a gold rating and Savannah and Brooke earned a silver rating.

The Food and Fiber team consisted of Garrett Jenkins, Jacob Knapp, Tiffany Heishman, and Sarah Peer. Garrett earned a gold rating. Tiffany and Jacob earned silver. Sarah earned bronze.

The Agriscience Mechanics team consisted of Garrett, Jacob and Ethan Gochenour. Jacob earned a gold rating. Ethan and Garrett earned a silver ratings.

The Quiz Bowl team consisted of Abbey, Drake Cadden, Amelia Guthrie and Nathan McDonald. Nathan earned a gold rating. Amelia, Abbey, and Drake earned silver ratings.

The Plant Science team consisted of Sarah, Callie, Adriana Moreno and Chelsea Heyer. Callie earned a gold rating. Adriana earned a silver rating. Sarah and Chelsea earned bronze ratings.

Hannah Orndorff competed in the Job Interview Career Development Event and represented her chapter extremely well. She was one of three middle school students to compete against high school juniors and seniors.

Chelsea and Adriana competed in the Animal Systems Agriscience Fair competition.

Liz Hisghman and Savannah worked extremely hard to create an outstanding chapter scrapbook, which earned a gold state rating.

Amelia participated in the Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems Agriscience Fair competition. She earned a gold rating with her project titled, "Something's a Little Fishy." Her application will now be sent to nationals to try to qualify for competition in Louisville, Ky., this October.

Tiffany participated in the Animal Systems Agriscience Fair competition. She earned a gold rating with her project titled, "Goat Feed? The Difference Between Grand Champion and Last Place." Her application will also be sent to nationals to try to qualify for competition in Louisville this October.



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