Cumberland GAP FFA Are State Winner Of Forestry Contest

Thursday, June 5, 2014
The state winning team with a representative of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. Team members,  from left, Jarred McKinney, Ethan Massengill, Tyler Bussell, Racheal Spurlock, Brittney Mabes, Max Madon, and Advisor Wade Breeding.
The state winning team with a representative of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. Team members, from left, Jarred McKinney, Ethan Massengill, Tyler Bussell, Racheal Spurlock, Brittney Mabes, Max Madon, and Advisor Wade Breeding.

The Cumberland Gap Future Farmers of America Chapter of Claiborne County was named as the state winner of the Forestry Career Development Event. Cumberland Gap will represent the state of Tennessee on the national level at National FFA Convention in Louisville this October.

The purpose of the Forestry CDE is to stimulate student interest and to promote forestry instruction in the agricultural education curriculum. The event also provides recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of forestry instruction. Participants completed a team activity, cooperative test, general knowledge exam, forestry issues interview, tree identification exercise, equipment identification exercise and forestry application practicums. 

In addition to the Cumberland Gap FFA Chapter finishing in first place in both the state and the Eastern Region, the Riverdale FFA Chapter finished first place in the Middle Region and the Chester County FFA Chapter finished first in the Western Region.

Nationally, there are 579,678 FFA members, aged 12-21. The Tennessee FFA Association is comprised of 13,644 members from 213 high school chapters, seven middle school chapters and eight collegiate chapters across the state of Tennessee. To learn more about FFA visit www.tnffa.org.



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