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Students take home honors from FFA convention

Students from across the state took home honors from the 90th Delaware State FFA Convention in Dover earlier this month, including top finishes in convention events, State FFA Degrees, and state proficiency awards.

The list of the members’ accomplishments in convention events is attached.

Nearly 600 students, advisors, and judges representing business and industry throughout the state participated in state Career and Leadership Development Events during the Delaware State FFA Convention. Members demonstrated professionalism, leadership and skill attainment in 15 events.
Forty nine Delaware FFA members from across the state also earned their State FFA degree during the convention.

The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the Delaware FFA Association and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences. To be eligible to earn the State FFA Degree, members need to have been an active FFA member for at least the immediate past 24 months, have earned the Chapter and Greenhand FFA Degree, have completed at least two full years (360 hours) of agriculture, or all of the agriculture offered at the school last attended, recorded at least 25 hours community service and at least two different activities, and participated in at least five activities above the local level.

Attached is a list of the members who earned their State FFA Degree.

Delaware FFA members from across the state also earned state proficiency awards during the convention.

Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Nationally, students can compete for awards in nearly 50 areas ranging from agricultural communications to wildlife management (see areas below). Proficiency awards provide recognition to members that are exploring and becoming established in agricultural career pathways.

Below is a list of the State Proficiency winners:

Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication: Layne Bell of Smyrna
Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement: Aiden Pepeta of Smyrna
Agriculture Sales-Placement: Ashley Daniels of Smyrna
Agriscience Research: Emma Stallings of Lake Forest
Diversified Livestock Production: Maci Carter of Lake Forest
Equine Placement: Raelyn Wiley of Smyrna
Goat Production: Leah Tome of Smyrna
Nursery Operations: Alyssa D'Aiuto of Middletown
Outdoor Recreation: Kathryn McMenamin of Middletown
Poultry Production: Harlie Malvezzi of William Penn
Sheep Production: Grace Vallely of Appoquinimink
Small Animal Production Care: Kaia Klotzbuecher of Middletown
Specialty Animal Production: William "Jacob" Smith of Milford
Swine Production-Placement: Delaney Zolper of Cape Henlopen
Wildlife Management: Bryce Banks of Middletown

The following Delaware FFA members were elected to serve on the State Officer Leadership Team for 2020 – 2021:

Jackson Sylvester (Lake Forest) President
Abby Edwards (Lake Forest) Vice President
Emily Samick (Middletown) Secretary
Maci Carter (Lake Forest) Treasurer
Kendall Metz (Caesar Rodney) Reporter

The Delaware FFA Association is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about the Delaware FFA Association, please contact Bart Gill by phone at: (302) 735-4019 or by email at

Alison May
(302) 735-4006