Thousands of students from across America converged in Indianapolis Oct. 24 – 27 for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Among them, students from several Butler Tech programs who earned national recognition and honors.
Andrew Schlichter and Emma Michelle Sterwerf from the Butler Tech FFA at Talawanda High School, and Taylor Stevens from the Butler Tech FFA at Edgewood were awarded American FFA Degrees. The degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and have made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences. According to the National FFA, it is awarded to less than one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organizations highest honors.
Megan Scharfenberg (Lakota East), Brittany Dilliha (Monroe), and Katelyn Abney (Lakota East) from the Butler Tech Natural Science Center placed as a bronze emblem team in the Horse Evaluation Career Development Event. It tests students’ ability to select and evaluate horses across eight selection classes: four halter classes and four performance classes.
Tayler Gage and Diamon Carder from the Butler Tech FFA at Edgewood High School were national finalists in Plant Systems in the National Agriscience Fair. It recognizes student researchers applying agricultural scientific principles and emerging technologies. Tayler and Diamon studied the effect of growing media on Bibb lettuce germination rates.
The Butler Tech FFA at Talawanda was named a National Two Star Chapter, placing it among the top 20 percent of all FFA chapters in the United States.