Members of the Sherman Central FFA Chapter in New York made up one of 30 teams participating in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event.
The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The team, led by adviser Kelly Maleski, was awarded a silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 116 other participants. Jordan Boland received a bronze emblem, Julia Rater received a silver emblem, Breanna Stoddard received a silver emblem and Danielle Reed received a gold 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 food science and technology event are sponsored by Kraft Foods Group as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Members of the Sherman Future Farmers of America team who won awards in the national FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development event are pictured with Kelly Maleski, the chapter adviser. Winners were Jordan Boland, Julia Rater, Breanna Stoddard and Danielle Reed.
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.
The competition, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.