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Baker County Team Wins At State Forestry Contest

The Baker County High School Senior Future Farmers of America (FFA) Forestry team recently won 2nd place in the Florida Division of Forestry state contest. The competitionís purpose is to stimulate student interest in forestry, to promote forestry instruction in the agricultural education curriculum, and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skill and competency as a result of forestry instruction. For the last three years, the schoolís team has placed 6th. The team will be recognized for their efforts during the state FFA convention in June.

The following students were part of the winning team: Justin Combs, Joshua Rivers, Tucker Crews, Hannah Masterson and alternate Kyndall Brooks. Other awards earned during the competition included Joshua Rivers placing 1st in Timber Cruising, 1st place in Crosscut saw competition, 1st place Team in Timber Cruising for wood volume, 2nd place overall team, 3rd place team in General Knowledge and 3rd place team in Map interpretation. Greg Johnson, Baker County High School AgriScience teacher and FFA Advisor, served as leader of the program and mentor for the contest.

During the competition, FFA students compete in a variety of forestry applications including map interpretation, dendrology, orienteering, and timber measurement. Winners of the 12 district contests then compete at the State FFA Forestry Contest held in Perry in mid-October. The winner of this contest represents Florida in the Forestry competition at the National FFA Convention.