South Central FFA
GREENWICH The South Central FFA made it to state in the soils competition.
The teams judged examined soil pits for drainage, erosion, depth of soil and soil slope. Once the information from the pits was tallied, the members evaluated the soil for farming and conservation practices. Theo Bacon went as an individual representing the rural team. He placed 115th out of 190. The urban judging team consisted of Robert Gannett, Garrett Verburg, Lance Isaac and Heath Hanshaw. It placed eighth out of 51.
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South Central FFA member Spencer Gray received the American Degree at the 80th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 27. The American Degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes Spencer's demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs. To be eligible, members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program.
Less than one in 156 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree. Gray, the son of Steve and Shirley Gray of North Fairfield is currently attending college at Ohio Northern University. He is a member of the South Central FFA Chapter and his agricultural education instructor is Sarah Lucha.
Gray received a gold American Degree key and certificate in a blue frame sponsored by Case IH, The Farm Credit System, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc and Syngenta. The National Convention is the nation's largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across the United States.
Joe Pennell, reporter