Roy-Hart FFA students earn national recognition at Indianapolis

Provided photos: Roy-Hart’s Milk Quality & Products team finished 12th in the nation overall and 5th in the nation for the team activity presentation. The team earned a Silver Team Ranking. Pictured from left include Garrett Armenia, Sophia Santella, Vanessa Grant and John Konstanty.

Posted 1 November 2022 at 8:24 am

Press Release, Roy-Hart FFA

MIDDLEPORT – Last week, 12 Royalton-Hartland FFA members and their advisor, Matthew Sweeney, traveled to the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the convention, each FFA member competed in a Career Development Event (CDE) competition. Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice.

These events are designed to help a member prepare for a career in agriculture by testing and challenging the student’s technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their knowledge of the subject matter.

In Indianapolis, Royalton-Hartland FFA represented New York State in the Milk Quality & Products CDE, Nursery/Landscape CDE, and Environmental/Natural Resources CDE.

Roy-Hart’s Milk Quality & Products CDE finished 12th in the nation overall and 5th in the nation for the team activity presentation. The team earned a Silver Team Ranking. Individually the placings included Garrett Armenia – 40th Place – Gold Ranking; Sophia Santella – 54th Place – Silver Ranking; Vanessa Grant – 78th Place – Silver Ranking; and John Konstanty – 112th Place – Bronze Ranking.

The Nursery/Landscape team includes Nicholas Armenia, Joshua Kennedy, Lorna Becker and Ronan Klug.

Nursery/Landscape CDE: Overall Team Placing: 17th in Nation for a Silver Team Ranking. Individual placings include Joshua Kennedy – 41st Place – Gold Ranking; Nicholas Armenia – 51st Place – Silver Ranking; Lorna Becker – 70th Place – Silver Ranking; and Ronan Klug – 136th Place – Bronze Ranking.

The Environmental/Natural Resources CDE includes Nathaniel Wolf, Shelby Sy, Jessica Sy and Cayla Burch.

The Environmental/Natural Resources CDE Overall Team Placing: 37th in Nation for a Bronze Ranking. Individual placings include Shelby Sy – 75th Place – Silver Ranking; Jessica Sy – 92th Place – Silver Ranking; Nathaniel Wolf – 111th Place – Bronze Ranking; and Cayla Burch – 138th Place – Bronze Ranking.

Since the re-introduction of the Royalton-Hartland FFA Chapter in 2014, this is the third time that Royalton-Hartland FFA members competed at the National Level. Advisor Matthew Sweeney praised these twelve FFA members for their hard work, commitment and dedication to preparing for these national contests.

“We spent many evening and weekend hours developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be successful in these contests,” Sweeney said.

He is thrilled about the program’s success and excited for future of the Royalton-Hartland Agriculture Department and FFA Chapter.