Three members of the Harford Technical High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter recently attended the National FFA Convention in October to compete in the official Agriculture Communications Event. The Ag Communications team consisted of three students in the Harford Technical Agribusiness and Animal Science Program: Elizabeth Jenkins, Jessica Rotondo and Trinity Sprague. With their advisor and instructor, Naomi Knight, the team traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, with more than 50,000 other FFA members for three days of competitions in all areas of agriculture.
(Left to right) Trinity Sprague, Elizabeth Jenkins, Jessica Rotondo and Advisor Mrs. Knight
The team competed against 30 other groups from around the country and earned a silver medal standing for the Maryland State FFA Association. Participants also competed for individual awards with 87 other members. Trinity Sprague received a silver medal, and Elizabeth Jenkins and Jessica Rotondo earned bronze medals.
The National FFA Agriculture Communications CDE is a career development event that encompasses all areas of agriculture communications. The event tests the skills of students in these areas and evaluates how the students apply these skills to real-life situations. This year, the topic of the team presentation was “Feeding the World – Starting at Home,” which is related to the National FFA Hunger Initiative. The teams were required to act as media consultants for a local hunger relief organization, compile a written media plan for this organization and give an oral presentation highlighting the focal points of the written plan. The Harford Tech team chose the local organization Tabitha’s House, located in Fallston. Tabitha’s House works to provide food and other living essentials for more than 3,500 impoverished families of Harford County.
Separately the team members attend a simulated press conference and using the gathered information, complete individual practicums in writing, electronic media and design. These practicums contribute to the overall team score and individual scores. The students are also required to complete one test covering all aspects of agriculture communications and a test base on correct grammar usage. The event is one of the many events held at the National FFA Convention and Expo in which members practice the lessons learned in agriculture courses.
Congratulations to Elizabeth, Jessica and Trinity!