FFA Reps Earn Bronze Honors in Indianapolis


Bailey Van Orman, Staff Reporter

Six Warren Hills students, alongside three alumni and their faculty advisor, Patty Smith, are among close to 40,000 attendees at the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis Oct. 26-30. The Warren Hills representatives competed in various Career Development Events (CDEs), and ended up earning bronze medalist honors. To be eligible to compete in these events, a student is required to be an officer in his or her school or local FFA chapter, or win first place in the statewide CDE. Due to their success in the horse evaluations category, and rank as first in the state of New Jersey, the Warren Hills chapter of FFA was chosen to go to Nationals. Sophomores Clara Woodruff and Sarah Serrao, and alumni Emily Leidner and Devon Mesach, made up the Warren Hills chapter’s team. Each member was separated from teammates and put into groups with various FFA members from 39 different states, and by the end of it all, Warren Hills participants came away with bronze. “For all FFA members who are considering joining a CDE team for the 2021-22 school year, do it!” Woodruff said. “You never know, you could be the next state winner and make it to Nationals. Trust me, it will be an experience you will never forget.” The national FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, markets itself as a youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. (Photo courtesy of Clara Woodruff)