“We lived the city life for a week,” said Roxanne Kingsley after returning home from the National Convention.
On Oct. 23, the Troy FFA Forestry team departed for the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team stopped at different agricultural tourist attractions once they reached Indiana. The team visited Fair Oakes Farm and also a Conservatory.
That Wednesday was the team’s first day of competition. They arrived to the testing site in official dress ready to take their knowledge exam.
“We had 45 minutes to complete a 50 question test,” explained Dawn Zimmerman.
Early Thursday morning the team loaded onto a bus that took them about an hour and half off of the convention center grounds. When they arrived to the competition they were split into four rotational groups. They were tested in forestry business management, tree identification, tool identification and timber cruising.
The team also had to complete an interview. They had 10 minutes to prepare a presentation and then 10 minutes to present their forestry issue topic.
After competing, all of the forestry state teams gathered for lunch.
“We sat down with South Carolina and learned about all of the differences between our states. It was just neat,” said Kingsley.
When results were finally released the forestry team took 15th out of 41 teams, receiving a silver medal. Avery Watkins received a gold medal and Madisyn Baxter, Dawn Zimmerman, and Roxanne Kingsley received silver medals.
The team studied and prepared for this competition immensely.
Before the state competition, “We studied once a week,” explained Baxter.
After their success at the state competition they studied together twice a week and also on their own.
Troy FFA advisor Hannah Harris said, “They made the little town of Troy really proud.”