Members of the F. Donald Myers Education Center's Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter in New York were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.
The team, led by advisor Dennis Flynn, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 150 other participants. Mr. Flynn is the instructor of the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program at the Myers Center in Saratoga Springs. His students who competed received individual medals as well. Riley Bryant from Schuylerville School received a Silver emblem, Dominic Jeffries from Corinth received a Bronze emblem, Mattingly Riley from Waterford-Halfmoon received a Silver emblem, and Joshua St. Dennis also from Schuylerville received a Silver emblem.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the forestry event are sponsored by Husqvarna and John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and the National FFA Organization.
The National FFA Forestry CDE is a competitive event that tests students' skills and knowledge in the area of forest management. Event components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree identification, timber cruising, tree/forest disorders identification, a chainsaw practicum, forestry issues interview, and a team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
This event, held at Bernheim Forest in Clermont, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
Medal Student Competition CTE Program Instructor Home School/Center
Silver Riley Bryant Forestry CDE Conservation Flynn Schuylerville
Silver Mattingly Riley Forestry CDE Conservation Flynn Waterford/Halfmoon
Silver Josh St. Dennis Forestry CDE Conservation Flynn Schuylerville
Bronze Dominic Jeffries Forestry CDE Conservation Flynn Corinth
Bronze Team of 4 Forestry CDE Conservation Flynn
Josh St. Dennis
*Forestry CDE – Career Development Event