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Aggies return victorious from Indianapolis

Cazenovia Future Farmers of America Chapter Advisor Mandi Millen, left, poses with David Ayer, Lindsay Loeper, Zachary Southwick and Kelly Thorn, after competing in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event, held in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention, Oct. 19 to 22 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Cazenovia Future Farmers of America Chapter Advisor Mandi Millen, left, poses with David Ayer, Lindsay Loeper, Zachary Southwick and Kelly Thorn, after competing in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event, held in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention, Oct. 19 to 22 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Members of the Cazenovia Aggies Future Farmers of America Chapter were one of 29 teams participating in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event, held in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention, Oct. 19 to 22 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The team, led by advisor Mandi Millen, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 112 other participants.

David Ayer received a Silver emblem, Zachary Southwick received a Silver emblem, Lindsay Loeper received a Bronze emblem, and Kelly Thorn received a Silver emblem.

The top six individuals and the national winning team members received scholarships to further their education at a post-secondary institution of their choice.

The scholarships and the food science and technology event are sponsored by Kraft Foods of Illinois as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Food Science and Technology CDE is designed to test a student’s basic knowledge of food science as well as the student’s ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations.

Each team participates in a timed team product development project, and each individual participates in practicums involving food sensory evaluation and food safety and sanitation as well as a written exam.

This event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind., is one of many educational activities at the national FFA convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture — as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.

The 84th National FFA Convention drew 50,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country.

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.

For more information, visit the organization’s website, ffa.org.

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