Members of the Cazenovia Aggies FFA Chapter in New York were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor Mandi Millen, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 151 other participants. Paige Horan received a Silver emblem, Tim Hunt received a Silver emblem, Joseph Zambito received a Bronze emblem, and Alicia Clarke received a Silver emblem.
The top 10 individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agricultural sales event are sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
“We are proud to sponsor the Ag Sales Career Development Event, which helps prepare students for a rewarding real-world career in the agriculture industry,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto community and youth outreach manager.
The National FFA Agricultural Sales CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The event includes actual sales presentations, a written exam, team sales situation, and an individual practical situation focusing on customer relations, customer service or prospecting for customers. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention and Expo.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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.