GAINESVILLE, Florida – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Middle and High School Forestry 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 November 15 in Perry.  The event was coordinated by Jim Fleming and the Florida Forest Service.

The top teams and high individual in each category received awards sponsored by The Andersons and the Florida Forestry Festival, as special projects of the Florida FFA Foundation.

The purpose of the Forestry CDE is to stimulate student interest in forestry, to promote forestry instruction in the agricultural education curriculum, and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skill and competency as a result of forestry instruction.

High School Teams Score Middle School Teams Score
Kathleen 1739 Fort White 1630
Baker County 1735 Tomlin 1562
Durant 1710 Bartow 1480
Cedar Key 1708 Altha 1254
Charlotte 1686 Ocoee 1213
Milton 1637 Buddy Taylor 1182
Altha 1637 Poplar Springs 1084
Bunnell 1563 Keystone Heights 905
South Sumter 1470 Buffalo Creek 847
Clewiston High 1406
Orlando-Colonial 1344

The highest scoring, overall individuals for this event were Cody Clark (Kathleen) and Seth Rutledge (Fort White).

Kathleen team members included Joseph Julian, Hannah Scionti, Cody Clark, and Shelby Carlton.  The advisor is Mr. Kyle Carlton.

Fort White MS team members included Seth Rutledge, Andrew Fave, Tristan Biddle, and Chandler Frisina.  The advisor is Mrs. Jill Huesman.

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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