Molly Woodworth won the Agriscience Exposition for her Botany Agriscience Research Project, and will enjoy a two-week trip to Cornell University's Shoals Marine Research Laboratory in Maine this summer. She will attend a Marine Biology class at Cornell, earning college credits.
Ryker Smith was an Agri-Entrepreneurship Award finalist for his work towards developing his own agricultural enterprise, and will receive $150 to use towards his egg production business.
Zachary Southwick, Katherine St. Pierre and Molly Woodworth each received their State Empire Degree; the highest award the state gives to its members for their work in their agriculture classes, in FFA and on their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. Katherine was also named District Star for having the best SAE in the FFA district, which includes Madison, Oneida and Herkimer Counties.
The FFA is a national youth leadership organization for students enrolled in agriculture classes in their middle and high schools. Students pursuing careers in agriculture will be meeting the global challenges of a growing population, shrinking farm land and changing energy needs. Agricultural education is proven to improve student performance in math, science and language arts. For more information, go to ffa.org.