Cedar Key FFAs rack up state awards

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By Amanda Robinson

FFA Reporter

The Cedar Key FFA chapters can add two more champions to its trophy wall.

On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15, Cedar Key’s two district winning Forestry Teams traveled to the State Forestry Museum in Perry to compete in the state finals. The event is sponsored and directed by the Florida Division of Forestry personnel.  District champions from all over Florida converged in Perry for a battle of skills and knowledge to determine the 2013 State FFA champion middle school and high school teams.

After three months of practicing after school, often  well into the night, Cedar Key's teams felt ready going into the event. The event consisted of six areas: general knowledge, timber estimation, tree identification (both common names and scientific), forest disorders, tool identification and USGS topographic map interpretation.

The middle school team placed first in the state, winning individual trophies in all areas. As a matter of fact, the middle school team placed first in five of the six areas, placing second in tool identification.

The high school team placed second in the state and placed first in tree identification, third in general knowledge and third in map interpretation.

The teams were coached by FFA advisor Denny Voyles. The teams will be recognized for their achievements at the parade of champions at the state FFA convention in June.