Lowndes FFA Dominates National Agriscience Fair

| November 2, 2015

National FFA - Group Photo

LOUISVILLE, KY – Members of the Lowndes High School FFA Chapter excelled in competition at the National FFA Convention held October 28-31. Lowndes FFA had the largest number of National Winners in the National Agriscience Fair. Chance Hingson and Ian Bennett won agricultural proficiencies.

The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs or home agricultural projects, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in 49 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.

Bennett won the Emerging Agriculture Technologies proficiency. Over the course of five years, he developed digital laser guided infrared thermometer for taking the temperature of farm livestock. Bennett is the son of Dr. Marshall and Marybeth Bennett.

Hingson won the Agriscience Research – Plant Systems proficiency. He performed multiple plant-related research projects over the five years of his FFA experience, ranging from controlling stem internode elongation and improving the quality of blueberries through manipulating the environment. Hingson is the son of Heath and Jaimi Hingson.

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo. Twelve Lowndes FFA members won eight of the twenty four divisions of the agriscience fair. These national winners are as follows: Animal Systems – Division IV, Brinson Coggins and Jackson Sumner. Environmental Systems – Division I, Shaw Wacter; Division II, Hunter Corbett; Division III, Levi Herring and Conway McNeil; Division IV, Avery Fletcher and Charity Brown. Food Systems – Division II, Chance Hingson. Power Systems – Division IV, Ian Bennett and Trevor Ross. Social Systems – Division II, Chandler Kudyk. Also competing were: Clay Parker, 7th place Animal Systems Division I; Breanna Rich and Anslee Barber, 2nd place Plant Systems Division III; and, Frank Balmer, 3rd place Power Systems Division II.

Bennett earned a Bronze recognition in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Competition. He also served a delegate for the Georgia FFA Association to the National Convention.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA membership today is comprised of 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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