GAINESVILLE, Florida – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Middle and High School Citrus Career Development Event.  The winners of this event will be recognized at the 87th Florida FFA State Convention and Expo in July.  The competitive event was held on December 2 at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City.  The event was coordinated by Mr. David Byrd.

The top teams and high individual in each category received awards sponsored by Bowen Brothers, Inc., as a special project of the Florida FFA Foundation.

The purpose of the Citrus CDE is to stimulate learning activities focused on the production and management of citrus fruit.

Middle School Teams Score High School Teams Score
BARRINGTON MS 1078 KATHLEEN SR 1382
SOUTH SUMTER MS 1018 LENNARD 1246
CLERMONT MS 1018 NEWSOME JR 1218
CRYSTAL LAKE MS 950 DURANT 1162
OCOEE MS 882 SOUTH SUMTER SR 1130
WOLF LAKE MS 882 OKEECHOBEE BRAHMAN 1082
GRAY MS 878 SOUTHEAST MANATEE 1066
LAKE GIBSON MS 792 LAKE MINNEOLA 1050
HILL GUSTAT MS 762 J.F. ST. MARTIN 1046
DUNDEE RIDGE MS 738 EAST RIDGE SR 1022
FROSTPROOF MS 724 HARDEE SR 1010
MAYPORT MS 702 SEBRING SR 1002
AVON PARK MS 702 NEWSOME 989
NOLAN MS 629 LAKE GIBSON SR 986
TURKEY CREEK MS 622 LAKEWOOD RANCH JR 970
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 618 FROSTPROOF SR 897
KATHLEEN MS 614 APOPKA SR 894
OKEECHOBEE OSCEOLA MS 574 LAKEWOOD RANCH SR 882
TOMLIN MS 550 AUBURNDALE 874
HAILE MS 542 BRADEN RIVER 826
BOONE MS 542 AVON PARK SR 802
LAKE PLACID MS 480 Clewiston 790
RODGERS MS 474 WEKIVA 746
WESTWOOD MS 425 WESLEY CHAPEL 738
FORT MEADE MS 292 BARTOW SR 718
HAINES CITY SR 702
FORT MEADE SR 654
WINTER HAVEN 646
LAKE REGION 597
MULBERRY SR 594
LAKE PLACID SR 562
DR PHILLIPS 390

The highest scoring, overall individuals for this event were Blair Buchanon (Kathleen) and Gabe Arias (Barrington).

Kathleen team members included Blair Buchanon, Brevyn Foreman, Canyon Albrigh and Katie Harwell.  The advisor is Ms. Keitha Hall.

Barrington MS team members included Brooke Johnson, Gabe Arias, Katalina Arias, and Madison Smith.  The advisor is Mr. Greg Lehman.

About FFA Career Development Events (CDEs)

Career Development Events (CDEs) help students develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.  FFA members in Florida compete in over 30 event areas each year, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics.  Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.  CDEs allow students to prepare for over 300 careers in agriculture and other industries by applying their knowledge and skills obtained from classroom instruction in agricultural education programs.

About the Florida FFA Association

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with over 17,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The FFA Mission

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.

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News Release – 2014 State Citrus CDE

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