Midd-West FFA Senior Leader tops Research Division at State Level
Harrisburg, PA - In addition to earning her Keystone Degree during the Midd-Winter FFA Convention, Senior FFA member, Mariah Stuck achieved a level few students attain at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. With a state membership exceeding 12,000 students, Stuck stood alone atop the Agri-Science research competition. This is a competition with the premise of allowing students to showcase their abilities within agriculture, research, and development.
For her research project, Mariah, in cooperation with the Midd-West School District Administration, conducted a survey on sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students within the District regarding “What do Youth Look for in Agriculture”. This research tied in agriculture, leadership development, phycology and social sciences. Mariah found with her research that students age 11-14 years of age within the District gravitate toward working with animals as well as power, structural, and technical applications. Mariah will be heading to the 91st National Convention in the Fall of 2018 to compete against FFA members from across the nation in the category of Social Sciences.
This project was conducted as an educational display which the public viewed during the Farm Show event. Additionally, Mariah completed the event which also includes an interviewing process, lab notebook, and lab report. This format will also be utilized at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October. Achieving such a high level with her work on display to educate the thousands of viewers at the PA Farm Show which is the largest indoor agricultural event held in the United States speaks volumes to Mariah’s leadership and dedication to education and excellence. Congratulations, Mariah!
Harrisburg, PA - Members of the Midd-West FFA Chapter attended the 102nd Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Among the members who attended the trip to Farm Show for the exploration of agricultural exhibits and livestock shows, were those members who would receive prestigious awards at the Pennsylvania FFA Mid-Winter Convention, held in the Large Arena. Eight Midd-West FFA Senior members were awarded their Keystone Degree; the highest degree attainable from the Pennsylvania FFA Association. Among those receiving their Keystone Degrees were Keariana Lauver, Mariah Stuck, Catherine Weiand, Gabrielle Sanders, Stephan Ruch, Morgan Klinepeter, Logan Landis, and Aaron Rice. The Keystone Degree is an honor to recieve, as student’s have invested a tremendous amount of time, money and effort into their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects to qualify for these degrees.
Midd-West FFA members are certainly proud of their accomplishments at the Farm Show. In addition to the Keystones Degrees first year FFA members Caroline Zerby, Alexis Walter, and Kailey Weller jump started their FFA careers by earning their FFA Jackets from the PA FFA Alumni. This process involved these 8th grade students completing an application and writing a detailed essay on “what the FFA jacket means to me”. This experience is like no other, and they will surely remember putting on their FFA Jacket for the first time in their careers. Overall, it was a remarkable time for the Midd-West FFA, and congratulations to all!
The Midd-West FFA chapter is one of the largest chapters in Pennsylvania with a currant membership of over 350 members focusing on premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Current or future students at the Midd-West High School with an interest in the FFA program are encouraged to contact Mariah Stuck, Chapter President, or one of the FFA Advisors.