The 89th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana represents a new high water mark for the Buckeye Valley-DACC FFA Chapter. The chapter represented Ohio well with a National Proficiency Award winner, and a 3rd place Career Development Event team.
Curtis Harsh of Radnor won the Beef Production Entrepreneurship proficiency area, coming out ahead of 3 other finalists from Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. Harsh became eligible for the award after winning the Ohio state FFA competition earlier this year. To finish out his FFA career, Curtis was also awarded the organization’s highest honor of the American FFA Degree.
Just prior to Curtis’ win, Buckeye Valley was pleased to learn that it’s Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management team placed 3rd nationally, competing against teams from 40 other states. The team consisted of Macee Burke, Hannah Edelblute, Sarah Lehner, and Donnie Smith. In addition to placing 3rd overall, Buckeye Valley won the team management event, and had the 3rd high score individual with Sarah Lehner. For their efforts, the team has been invited to compete internationally this coming summer, with events held in Scotland, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
The National FFA Organization is composed of 649,335 members belonging to one of 7,757 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.